One of the deepest and most powerful principles of human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
Everybody wants to feel wanted. Even pastors have the deep down desire to know that people appreciate their ministry.
I have been in full time ministry since I graduated from Baptist Bible College in 1982. Being a pastor is one of the most challenging positions I have ever had. Though I enjoy it immensely and know I am called by God to do it, it can be extremely difficult.
The pastor is placed in his position by God Himself. He carries burdens that most people know nothing about. Yet, pastors have many of the same struggles everybody has at work, at home, in relationships, financially and so on. Pastors often hear far more criticism than encouragement.
The Corinthian church did not really appreciate the Apostle Paul and the work he had done among them. Paul started the church and led many of the members to receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. But instead of showing gratitude for Paul, they criticized him and began to boast of new leaders who had recently entered the church. But these new guys had done nothing for them. Without Paul, they wouldn’t even have a church.
This Sunday, March 17, I begin a 3-part sermon series called “Heart to Heart” from 2 Corinthians 6-7. 2 Corinthians is Paul’s most personal letter and he opens his heart to defend his ministry and the Gospel against his attackers. This week my sermon is simply called “Appreciation” from 2 Corinthians 6:1-10.
Paul reminds the Corinthians of his ministry to them and gave them two commands that we can apply to our Christian life. This will be a very practical sermon as we take time to show appreciation to those who have introduced us to Jesus Christ and others who have made sacrifices for our spiritual life. I hope you can join me.
Join us this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.