Only as we are made more and more aware of our sin (you are the man), and convinced more and more that we have died to that sin (blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity), will sin then die in our lives as we rely less and less on the self and more and more on “to live is Christ.”
There is no more need to control your own life. No need to figure it all out. No need to fight for your agenda. Just worship. Just love. Just “to live is Christ.”
“To live is Christ” makes our confession and repentance acts of faith in our death with Christ and our resurrection with Christ to his indwelling righteous life.
“To live is Christ” means trusting in Christ’s life alone as our witness. Never our own commitment level or words of promise. These will always testify against us. Only Jesus and his righteousness will bear witness for us on the day of judgment. May he be the only witness we call to the stand today and every day until he calls us home.
“To live is Christ” is to enter the ark of Christ’s life. To leave behind the despair of our wicked hearts and embrace his rest. To cling to the righteousness of the one man, Jesus. The man who has received God’s favor. To let his resurrection power transform suffering and death into a beginning rather than an end.
“To live is Christ” means embracing that we are that same wretched man. That victory comes through defeat. That living is found in dying. Dying to the notion that you can make yourself stop sinning, and instead placing yourself firmly in the grip of God’s grace.