Many Christians will agree that "we must live for Christ," but not so many fully understand what that journey actually looks like, nor how difficult it will be to live out in such a sinful world. (Romans 5:12, John 17:16)
Our lives should be reflecting Christ.
There is no other way around it.
God has not created us to:
• "have our best life now"
• "follow our dreams"
• "follow our hearts"
• "live for ourselves"
Rather, our sole purpose is to be ambassadors for Christ.
"Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God." - 2 Corinthians 5:20
Generally speaking, an ambassador is a respected official acting as a representative of a nation. Sent to a foreign land, the ambassador’s role is to reflect the official position of the sovereign body that gave him authority. So, an ambassador of Christ is one who reflects Christ. That means we should be displaying His traits - holiness, honesty, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23) These characteristics branch out in many ways and areas in our lives.
You will be persecuted if you speak up for His sake - being an ambassador for Christ. (Matthew 10:22)
"But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts." -1 Thessalonians 2:4
We live to please Christ, not man - our King, not family - our Saviour, not friends.
This does not mean we can't spend time/see our family, friends or others, but they should not be who we live to please.
Romans 12:1-2 says "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
Rest be assured that God is always there for us to lean on for support to help us live our lives for Him as living sacrifices reflecting His great nature.