• Letter about starting child beside the road in Ethiopia.

Does my gratitude to God motivate me to imitate Christ by being compassionate and generous to others?

  • Who gets the credit?
  • I Corinthians 15:10-11 – Paul gave the credit to God.

Thankfulness is a command, an active behavior, an evident foundational attitude

  • Ephesians 5:20
  • I Thessalonians 5:16-18
  • Philippians 4:6

Thankfulness is more than a momentary response to our blessings; it includes a continuing attitude of humility toward God

  • Luke 17:15-16
  • Daniel 6:10

Glorifying God involves admitting we aren’t the source of our blessings and developing the proper attitude toward our possessions

  • Luke 12:16-21, 15
  • If it’s not us doing it and it’s not for us, why do we work?
  • Ephesians 4:28

A grateful attitude toward God will encourage us and move us to share our blessings

  • Galatians 6:10
  • I John 3:16-17
  • Matthew 19:16-22
  • Our gratefulness and desire to follow Christ should bring us joy as we have opportunity to share.
  • Luke 16:19-23
  • Matthew 25:34-40, 41-46
    • Thanks, gratitude, compassion, and sharing are not optional!

As our gratefulness helps us grow and want to imitate Christ, we become more Christlike ourselves

Learn to be thankful Motivated to share Imitate Christ
Actively thanking God Compassion and generosity to others Be more Christlike
  • We can’t fix the world, but we can find small ways to help.
  • John 8:12
  • John 3:16 – The greatest blessing God has ever given us!