Study Material: I Corinthians 11:2
2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.
In Luke 21:2-4, Jesus looked up and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the offering. Immediately thereafter, He saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites, the equivalent of about less than 2 US pennies. And he said, of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all, for all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.
In many churches today, people are hurt because their contributions to the growth of the church are not appreciated. No matter what they do, they are criticized and put down. Some feel that because they have less to offer, their sacrifices are not appreciated. But Jesus appreciated the offering of the widow. He showed gratitude and appreciation. Some people leave churches today or stay there feeling hurt and unappreciated because only those with a lot of money, or those seen doing visible tasks are appreciated.
Paul praised his brethren for remembering him and for keeping the ordinances (v2). Although we do not go to church to be glorified (only God should be glorified); but efforts of all members should be appreciated. Do you feel unappreciated sometimes? Are you hurting in your church? Always know that although men may not seem to appreciate you, God does. We have looked over the last days at lack of acceptance and lack of affection as reasons why people are hurt in church and sometimes leave. Today it is lack of appreciation. All of these reasons are genuine, but leaving the church or hurting are not.
Homework: If you are hurting, ask God to heal you. Pray for all those in your church who may be hurting. Ask God for the grace to help them and address this gap in your church.