Author: Sarah Rexford
Thankfulness often goes unnoticed. We live in a culture where plenty is often viewed as a need, and when needs are met again and again we often forget to be thankful.
But out of thankfulness flows generosity.
The healed blind man who went and told everyone he knew what had happened.
The countless other people Jesus provided for while he was on earth who, out of thankfulness, generously spread the news of what he has done.
Thankfulness and generosity are often viewed as two separate entities. More often than we probably notice, they actually come as a pair.
In the past year International Aid has sent…
50 million dollars worth of aid to partner countries in greatest need.
61 countries have received this aid.
151 partner organizations have received aid.
But why has this happened? We seek to do a world of good from a heart of thankfulness. Bridging the gap between thankfulness and generosity starts by realizing how much we have been given, not just materially, but through the gospel as well.
Salvation, the hope of Heaven, relationship with Jesus, becoming part of the bride of Christ – all of this is part of what we have generously received as children of God.
Understandably, our first response is thankfulness.
Our future has been changed! How could we not respond in thankfulness? One of our next responses should be generosity. To share what we have been given.
This may come out through conversations,
acts of service in our communities,
or maybe partnering with those struggling a country and an ocean away.
It may come out through a blatant, verbal sharing of the gospel.
But however generosity takes shape, it springs from a heart of thankfulness. We have been given much, and because of this, much is expected of us.
It is an honor to give out of what we have been given. It is an honor to be bridging the gap between thankfulness and generosity.