The old Bible lay on a bargain table amidst hundreds of tattered books. Many people picked it up and thumbed through its faded pages. It wasn’t in very good shape – certainly not worth two pounds, so it was cast aside.
But then a man picked up the Bible and stifled a shout. He rushed to the counter and paid the paltry sum for the old book. It was an original Gutenberg, estimated to be worth more than one million dollars. I wonder who turned it over to the “last chance” booksellers? How many times did the old Bible change hands before its redemption? Someone cast it aside, unaware of its value.
We do the same thing with people. Seeds of greatness are often buried deep within unpromising characters that abruptly change course and change history. In truth, we were all passed over when Jesus saw something of value in us. Rather than paying a bargain price, He paid the highest price.
A different world would appear before our eyes if we would see every man and woman as a precious treasure that God just couldn’t live without.