DAY 15 OF 365 IN 2021
Hebrews 4:2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.
The value of a person, object or place can remain static, appreciate or depreciate depending on a number of factors: economic factors like interest rates and inflation, social factors like the attitude of consumers or even influence from outside through the media. In every instance therefore, one of the three outcomes will emerge: value up, value down or value static.
We read about two groups of people who hear the very same message, one group benefits while the other does not. Thus, while another’s stock and substances rises, that of the other stays the same or even trends downward. Let’s not forget that the message heard was the same for both.
Often, we come to the generalisation that two people should be impacted the same way by the same message and after contact with the same group of people. However, we seem to have ignored something: “value is accorded”.
The extent to which one will benefit from an encounter or a message is dependent on the magnitude of value placed on it.
One might receive zero benefit for the same message or contact that absolutely transforms the life of another individual because their recognition and according of value differed in size.
Beloved, value must be discerned because it doesn’t always stand out in a crowd and once identified, it must be honoured. That is the price to pay to appreciate.