The Apostle Paul said, Philippians 1:21 (NASB) 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. In other words, Paul understood that his life, and any believers life, was to be wrapped in Christ. In other words, everything in life was to be founded and lived upon Christ. That means, daily life is to be lived in the presence of Jesus, as if He were with us every moment. But guess what, He is. Literally, the power of Christ, working through the Holy Spirit, is with us always. Therefore, it is wise of any person who is a believer in Jesus to purpose to live for Jesus.
Our world and even our American culture is very confused about what life is all about. Most people live from day to day worrying about how they will survive to make it. If it’s not financial, is mental or emotional. But Christ has come to give us life, (John 10:10) a life that is better than anything we could imagine. Of course, that doesn’t mean we are going to receive everything like we want it to be. But we will receive internal blessings and even some external blessings when we live for Christ.
It is amazing to me, how many people, who profess to be believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, live as if Jesus is a good luck charm or someone who is their buddy. He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother, (Proverbs 18:24) but he is also the rider on the white horse in Revelation 19 who has a name known only to Himself. In other words, part of His nature, as God, is so elevated beyond anything we could imagine, that we stand in awe of Him or at least we should.
For Paul to say, For to me, to live is Christ, meant that he understood enough of who Jesus is, that He is God who came to the earth as a humble baby, yet lived a perfect life so we could have life eternally, that he would completely center his life on Him. And that should be anyone who says they believe in Jesus.