“To live is Christ” means when suffering comes, and it will, we can trust that God will always give and take away whatever is best for us. Why? Because on the cross he already gave us what he will never take away – Jesus. His life. His righteousness. His eternity. His forever love.
“To live is Christ” means nothing in your life is random. You are exactly where God wants you to be for his redemptive purpose. Now, like Esther, you can embrace your identity in him, giving your life for others without fear of failure, loss, or even death. You can identify with Christ your Savior, whatever the cost.
“To live is Christ” has brought us into the joy of the LORD. Yes, weep over your sin, this is right and good. But then rejoice over your Savior, for he rejoices over you. Let your mourning be turned to dancing and your sorrow to gladness. Let your cross become your resurrection. Let the imputed holiness of Christ cause you to delight in him. Let his grace make you happy (it’s okay, you’re allowed), and find your strength in the joy of the Lord.
“To live is Christ” means all who are in Christ have been brought out of the exile of death and into the promised land of his eternal life. Now, in Christ, we never have to feel disconnected from God in our physical exile, for Christ has ended our spiritual exile.
“To live is Christ means fearless living is possible. As “Elijah’s” we have no fear in death, for we will be immediately swept up into the presence of God. And as “Elisha’s” we have no fear in life, for we live from the double portion of the Spirit, the life of Jesus himself.
“To live is Christ” is the wisdom from God. It is a response to life that will always seem foolish to the world, because it will always seek to serve rather than be served. It will always do what is just and good even when it hurts. It will always give grace, even when none will be given in return. And it will do all of this from the fear of the Lord. From a faith that trust God’s wisdom found in the upside down of the cross.