The 4G Life

In mobile technology parlance, ‘4G’ (4th Generation) offers reliability and possibilities for mobile applications on the go. This upgraded technology offers high speed connection and more stable bandwidth. May I suggest a ‘4G Life’ that offers ‘out of this world’ possibilities and serves as an anchor for supernatural living. A ‘4G Life’ is characterized by the following virtues:

God-centred

This is the ONE connection that determines all other connections inour lives. In Mark 10, the rich young ruler had everything – wealth and good reputation. In his request, he wanted God to be another of his ‘acquisitions’to complete his impressive portfolio. Jesus’ reply cut through the young man’s heart, revealing his wrong pursuit.He was not willing to give it all up to have a God-centred life.

God must be the CENTRE of our lives, from which we all take our bearing.

Gratefulness

We are prone to gripe just about anything. Griping has a way of sapping our energy, robbing us of joy, and making us feelnegative in spirit. To be grateful is to understand the workings of God’s grace in our lives, in all and every circumstance, the good and the bad. Often times, we cannot change the circumstances, but we can temper our response by having a heart of gratitude. The author of Hebrews wrote that a thankful heartleads to true worship of God in reverence and awe (Hebrews 12:28). Let’s turn from our griping ways and cultivate grateful hearts!

Generosity

We worship the God of the ‘how much more’, who spared no effort to reconcile us to Himself (Romans 8:32 & 2 Cor. 8:9). Generosity is the outward response of a God-centered and grateful life. When we give or are on the receiving end of a generous act, it results in offerings of thanksgiving and praises to our God (2 Cor. 9:11). The opposite of generosity is holding back because we fear we may not have enough. Acknowledging God as the Giver of all good things (James 1:17), we can then excel in the grace of giving (2 Cor. 8:7). Generosity is not limited to sharing our financial resources, but also include words of affirmation, appreciation or even our time. Generosity begets generosity. And it is more blessed to give than to receive!

Gladness

Paul wrote in Philippians 4:11 that he “learned to be content whatever the circumstances…well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” When the posture of our heart is one of joyful contentment in the Lord Himself, we experience inner gladness. We need not compare and/or compete with others, or covet after what others have. True contentment is not found in material things, but in the pleasures of living with God forever (Psalm 16:11, NLT). John Piper said it well, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”

We cannot determine what will come our way. But we can decide in our hearts to live out the 4G Life, so that, come what may, God is glorified in every circumstance in our lives.

May the abiding presence of Christ and His eternal joy fill your heart each day!