Sermon on Birthday: The Gift of Gratitude

 The Gift of Gratitude: Celebrating Your Birthday Like Jesus

We come together to celebrate a special occasion – a birthday. Birthdays are more than just a reminder of the passing years; they are an opportunity for reflection, gratitude, and spiritual growth. In this sermon, we will explore how we can celebrate our birthdays in a manner that aligns with the teachings of Jesus Christ.

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I.  On your birthday, be like Jesus, give thanks for physical blessings Matthew 15:36

On your birthday, take a moment to reflect on the physical blessings that God has bestowed upon you. Just as Jesus gave thanks for the loaves and fishes before feeding the multitude, we should express gratitude for the tangible gifts and provisions in our lives. Remember that every good and perfect gift comes from God (James 1:17).

II. On your birthday be like Jesus give thanks spiritual blessings John 11:38-44

While it's important to appreciate our physical blessings, we must not forget the spiritual blessings that God offers us. In the story of Lazarus' resurrection, Jesus gave thanks to God for the miracle about to unfold. Similarly, on our birthdays, we should give thanks for the spiritual blessings of salvation, forgiveness, and the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

III. On your birthday, be like Jesus, give thanks, thank God publicly John 6:11

Jesus didn't just offer thanks in private; He did so publicly before a multitude of people when He miraculously multiplied the loaves and fishes. On our birthdays, we should also express our gratitude publicly, not only to God but to the people in our lives who have been a source of love and support.

IV. On your birthday Thank the Lord because he is good Psalm 145

Psalm 145 is a beautiful expression of gratitude to God. It reminds us that the Lord is good, compassionate, and slow to anger. On our birthdays, let us echo the psalmist's words and thank God for His goodness and faithfulness throughout our lives.

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V. On your birthday Be grateful always (Col 3:15)

Lastly, the apostle Paul encourages us in Colossians 3:15 to be grateful always. Our birthdays serve as an annual reminder of the importance of gratitude, but gratitude should be a daily practice. Let us cultivate a spirit of thankfulness that extends beyond our birthdays and permeates every aspect of our lives.

An Attitude of Grace -

  • Ingratitude displeases God - 2 Tim. 3: 1-5; ROM. 1:18-21
  • Thankful to the Father - Colossians 1: 3, 12-14; 3:17
  • Abundant in thanksgiving - Colossians 2:7
  • Overflowing in our prayers - Colossians 4:2

Sermon on Birthday: The Gift of Gratitude


As we celebrate our birthdays, let us do so with hearts full of gratitude, following the example of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. May we give thanks for both our physical and spiritual blessings, express our gratitude publicly, acknowledge God's goodness, and cultivate a spirit of thankfulness that endures throughout the year.

Remember that every day is a gift from God, and with each passing year, we have the opportunity to grow closer to Him and reflect His love and grace to the world. Let your birthday be a celebration not only of your life but of the One who gave you life and continues to sustain you each day. 

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