“Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you without charge? (2 Corinthians 11:7)
In many ways things are no different now then they were then. If we are gifted something we often act as if it has no value. Yes, the Gospel is given to us freely, but it is of more value than the world. If someone serves us, we often act as though it is nothing. Do not act as the world does, but value all of the gifts you’re given. Treasure what is of value and respect those who share the Good News.
Lord, I often treat as trivial what is great and great what is trivial. Change how I value things that I would see things as they are and live in the truth that You alone are God and are to be praised and thanked above all things. Guide me in Your goodness that I would now and always live into the life of faith You have given me by grace. Let me rejoice in Your voice spoken no matter when or through whom or whether or not it came at a cost to me.
Lord Jesus, how easy it is to discount the grace You purchased with Your own body. Help me to see the great cost and the invaluable gift You have given by setting me free from sin, death, and the devil. Guide me in Your goodness to know that in You is all hope and life and that as You have given freely to me, so should I also freely give to others that they may have the pearl of great price. Amen.