“To live is Christ” is to receive the life of God in the person of Christ. Life beyond your life. A life that offers you hope beyond your own accomplishments and achievements. A life that offers you love for love’s sake. For God’s sake.
“To live is Christ” is to receive God’s love. A love that created us and recreates us. A love that overcomes our darkness with light. A love that gives shape and fullness to our otherwise formless and empty lives.
“To live is Christ” is to seek with all our hearts the love of the Father whose love first sought and found us. It is to cease looking inward and begin looking upward, the the throne of Christ. See him seated there at the right hand of God. Saving your seat. So sit down. Stay awhile. Set your mind on him. Continually contemplate the crucified, risen, and ascended Christ Jesus our Lord. It is only here that you will discover the true will of God – knowing Jesus. Loving him. Trusting him. Finding your life hidden with him in God.
When we can truly embrace the glory of dying, and fully trust that in the presence of Christ Jesus is the center of all that our hearts have always wanted – all love, joy, and peace. If and when we believe all of this more and more with all of our hearts, then we will be ready to live. We will be ready to embrace “to live is Christ.”
“To live is Christ” is life lived out as light that first exposes, then makes visible, then transforms into more light. Therefore we are not light so that we can avoid darkness. We are light so that we can dispel darkness while spreading God’s light. We don’t “hide our light under a bushel.” NO! We walk as children of light.
“To live is Christ” is to swallow evil. No more running. No more hiding. No more revenge. Because death, evil, and suffering can no longer defeat us, we can now face them with the resurrection power of Christ. Transforming them into his life and love, his goodness and service.