“To live is Christ” means that God’s glorious grace is living in us. It is not just an external principle to follow. It is a life to be received. It is everything. Our beginning, middle, and end. Our source and our goal. Our cause and our effect. We have received grace, that we might live from grace, to the praise of grace. God’s glorious grace.
“To live is Christ” is to live simultaneously in suffering and glory. The glory of God’s grace found in the cruciform life. Knowing that living this cruciform life today prepares for us an experience of grace in the presence of Christ beyond any light or momentary affliction we are going through today.
“To live is Christ” is to live beholding the glory of the cross. How? By letting everything in life take our hearts on a journey to the blazing center of God’s love and grace found in Jesus and his death and resurrection.
Let’s start where “to live is Christ” demands that we must – simple faith. Simple beholding. Simple worship. Simply being loved and simply loving.
“To live is Christ” makes our life an everlasting journey toward greater and greater glory. A journey we will experience both spiritually and physically in God’s presence. This is the imperishable life that God had planned for us since the beginning. In Christ, it is our once again.
“To live is Christ” IS our unity. His shared life in us. His love in each of us individually, and in us collectively. This is a unity that is empowered by a greater glory, a higher love, that drives us toward each other and the world. Never away. Never apart. Never alone. Never ashamed.