“To live is Christ” is exaltation and glory by God but only through our humility and dependence on Christ. May Christ’s humble heart for us humble our own hearts for him.
“To live is Christ” means that in suffering we can share in Christ, and in his acceptance by God. We can share in his friendship with the Spirit. We can share in his courage, and in his holiness. We can share in his goodness and compassion, in his love, in his very life. And then, one day, we WILL share in his eternal glory.
It is Jesus’ unbroken trust in God on the cross that saved us, and now his trust in God is the gift of our salvation. Trusting God’s justice and mercy. Trusting his grace and love. Trusting that “to live is Christ.”
“To live is Christ” has made us truly free. Free to be a slave to God and servant of all. Empowered by all Christ’s own praise, glory, and honor (1:7), we can finally set aside our own pursuit of these things and enter into the true love of selfless service.
“To live is Christ” is bold belonging. It is undeserved acceptance. And there’s nothing better in this world than that.
“To live is Christ” is to be rescued, ransomed, and set apart in holiness. Rescued from the power of sin. Ransomed from the penalty of sin. And therefore set apart from sin’s pleasure into the greater pleasure of God’s grace in Christ.