One day on our way to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl. She had a spirit in her that gave her the power to tell the future. By doing this she made a lot of money for her owners. The girl followed Paul and the rest of us and kept yelling, “These men are servants of the Most High God! They are telling you how to be saved.” This went on for several days. Finally, Paul got so upset that he turned and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ, I order you to leave this girl alone!” At once the evil spirit left her. When the girl’s owners realized that they had lost all chances for making more money, they grabbed Paul and Silas and dragged them into court.
(Acts 16:16-19 CEV)
I’m sure the girl felt used. Her fortune-telling abilities earned her owners a great deal of money. They could care less that she was tormented and possessed by an evil spirit. So when Paul came along and cared enough to drive the evil spirit out, you can imagine how furious they were! Society determines people’s value by what they do but God wants us to value the people whom He has created for who they’re and not for what they can offer. They’re precious to God and should be precious to us as well.
Value others for who they are not for what they can give.