Only as we are made more and more aware of our sin (you are the man), and convinced more and more that we have died to that sin (blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity), will sin then die in our lives as we rely less and less on the self and more and more on “to live is Christ.”
Do you feel like a dead dog today? Can you hear the voice of the King saying to you, “Come my beloved son, come my beloved daughter, and feast at my table.” Can you hear the voice of God inviting you to be swallowed up in his unconditional love and grace through Christ? Once an enemy, now a child of the King. Once outside, now inside. Once a dead dog, now “to live is Christ.”
There are two ways to live and two ways to die. We can live and die apart from Christ, hoping that any good we do will last longer than a vapor in the breeze. Or we can live and die in Christ, knowing that all that we’ve done in faith will work an eternal weight of glory. A legacy unstained by sin and unfaded by time. A legacy of “to live is Christ.”
“To live is Christ” has made us, God’s church, the tent of David. God’s presence now dwelling in us and through us. Our lives now lived boldly before God as living sacrifices to the praise of his glorious grace. This is the meaning of life. This is why we were created. To live passionately in God’s presence where there is fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore.
“To live is Christ” is to be a mini-messiah. Anointed by the Spirit of God with the life of God, living from the love and power of God each day. Priest-Kings like Christ refusing to demand the life of others while giving our lives for others.
“To live is Christ” means you are Jesus’ Ruth. His once cursed bride, now presented pure and holy before God. Welcomed into the assembly of God’s people. Rejoicing every day in your “happily ever after” with God.