When we know all that we have IN Christ, then we can do all things THROUGH Christ. We can gain and we can lose. No matter what we can be satisfied because “to live is Christ.”
“To live is Christ” is to stand firm in the life altering hope of his glorious return for us one day. A future hope that allows us to respond to our present reality with all faith, hope, love, joy, and peace.
“To live is Christ” is not earning, but it is effort. The grace driven effort of resting in God’s goodness and faithfulness.
Knowing Christ’s resurrection power through the fellowship of suffering and the likeness of his death. This is “to live is Christ.”
“To live is Christ” means every loss in life is the opportunity for glorious gain. The gaining of a deeper knowledge and a fuller feeling of the love of God in Christ. This is the great contradiction of Christianity, the paradox of the gospel. Gaining is losing, but losing is gaining. Gaining Christ.
You are being transformed into Christ. How do I know? Because it is God’s good pleasure that “to live is Christ” be our life. And God always gets what he wants in the end.