“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” makes all our suffering a reason to rejoice. Not because we suffer, but because in suffering we can share in Christ, and in his acceptance by God.
But lest we slip backwards once again into law, let us not forget that the cruciform life is primarily this – entrusting our lives to him who judges justly. It is Jesus’ unbroken trust in God on the cross that saved us. And now that 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. So today, take a moment to sit with your acceptance. Don’t do anything. Don’t try to make progress. Don’t make a plan. Don’t form an intention. Don’t perform. Just sit at the feet of Grace. Let him heal your heart and settle your soul. Let him remind you that you are his, and he is yours, and that’s all you need.
“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.