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Read 2 Corinthians 6
We commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger … having nothing, and yet possessing everything. 2 Corinthians 6:4–5, 10

What a price Paul paid to be faithful in his ministry! Yet how little the Corinthians really appreciated all he did for them. They brought sorrow to his heart, yet he was “always rejoicing” in Jesus Christ (v. 10). He became poor that they might become rich (1 Cor. 1:5; 2 Cor. 8:9). The Greek word translated “poor” means “the complete destitution of a beggar.” Was Paul wrong in appealing for their appreciation? I don’t think so.

Too many churches are prone to take for granted the sacrificial ministry of pastors, missionaries, and faithful church officers. Paul was not begging for praise, but he was reminding his friends in Corinth that his ministry to them had cost him dearly.

It has well been said, “If you want to find gratitude, look in the dictionary.” Are we showing gratitude to those who have ministered to us?

Something to Ponder
What are some sacrifices you have made for others lately that didn’t seem to be appreciated? How did you feel?

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