5G is about the next generation of Christians.
It's about us. 5G is what authentic disciples of Jesus Christ should look like.
Because the job of the church, the Great Commission, is what? To make disciples. Not just more disciples, but better disciples—authentic followers of Christ who are unceasing and increasing in their passion.
So what does that look like? What are the distinctives of the next generation—the cutting-edge, today-tomorrow disciples of Jesus Christ?
A 5G disciple embraces the ultimate the purpose of the universe, which is glorifying God. Take a look at Colossians 1:17-18. God’s glory is the purpose of the church, the purpose of the family... and it is most obviously the purpose of every disciple. You are not your own. If you are a follower of Jesus, you belong to Him. And when we give God glory we are most aligned with the reason we were created. We join the chorus of heaven which unceasingly sings of what is unalterably true.
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-200
A healthy Christian is a growing Christian—Colossians 1:27-28. None of us are perfect. None of us have arrived. Jesus died not just to give you heaven, but to give you life NOW. We don’t only want more Christians, we want better Christians. We want to be disciples who are growing in more love for God, more love for others, deeper in the knowledge of His Word, more obedient to what He says. We are imperfect. But we are following a perfect and awesome Savior…and we are growing into His image.
“And we all with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
Graciousness flows from gratefulness, Colossians 3:12-14. Harvest will always be a truth place. But the glory is being a place that is full of grace and truth. The glory that includes grace gives people what they do not deserve without ever compromising the truth, and that’s when we’re authentic disciples. That’s when we are like Jesus.
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
What you do with what you have—it’s a watershed issue among believers. God is not lacking for anything. God is not stingy or short. And whatever you have, you need to be incredibly generous with it—with all of your heart, Colossians 3:17, 23. You can’t out give God. And by faith, we are to be people who are generous with our time and our resources. Generous with the abilities God has given us…and He will bring the increase.
“There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more...” Proverbs 11:24
Gratitude is the attitude that sets the altitude for living! From we who have received so much, the greatest insult to God is if we are not increasing in gratitude. There is never a time in our lives where our trials eclipse what mercy God has shown us. Giving thanks to God for all things is a hallmark of a true disciple, Colossians 2:6. Since we are forever and always the recipients of God’s amazing grace, with the privilege to be involved in His work, we want our gratefulness to be evidence of that.
“...Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ...” Ephesians 5:20
That is 5G. It’s what we are calling people to be—glorifying, growing, grateful, gracious, generous.