While in the desert, success and affirmation can easily detract us from the heart of God that He develops in us. However, by regularly retreating to His presence, we are able to come back to the core calling of our lives.
We live in a world where our identity is determined by what we've accomplished. Jesus's model is the opposite: His declaration of love for us happens prior to anything we do and is never based on our performance. Rather, who we are is based solely on who He's made us to be.