Philippians 3:8-9 KJV
 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith
As humans accustomed to the values of the world, we often, as Christians, can integrate the perceived worth of worldly culture into our lives.
Things like pride, fear of humiliation, and prosecution can stop us from fully coming to know God. These things have become important in the world, where image is everything and substance has taken a back step. As Christians we know that substance is everything, and thus we also know that growing our relationship with God should overrule any inclination to sway towards any popularity with our peers.
We don’t become Christians to become famous, popular, or to become wealthy, those are perceived values that measure a persons worth as determined by the culture of the world.
But to truly know Him, requires us to leave all that behind, to let go of what ties us and binds us to the encapsulating slavery of attaining the impossible. Chasing these worldly aspects will always lead to destruction. And understanding this will make following Him a whole lot easier.
Paul says that anything we may lose as a result of following Him, is to be counted as waste, as rubbish, and was never worth having in the first place. So don’t feel disappointed when riches don’t come your way, because you chose His path instead of the world’s, or even when you simply lose sleep to pray.
Mark 8:36 KJV
 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Chose to know Him. For His reward is far greater than anything we could have gained in this world.