When I read "to live is Christ, to die is gain", I asked myself- are these my words too? Do I honestly desire to be with Jesus more than life on this earth? How much do I treasure this earthly life? How much do I love Jesus? I can honestly say that a year or two ago, I would have had a check in my heart about how much I treasured this life, rather than the eternal life I will inherit. But today, I can say that my life here is meaningless without Jesus, and my only purpose here is to glorify Him and share Him with the people around me.
In verse 27, we have the reminder that our, "manner of life (should) be worthy of the gospel of Christ". Does my life reflect Jesus? Does your life reflect Jesus?