All the Poor and Powerless

David Mathis | May 1, 2015

Editors’ note: The Worship Initiative is an online platform developed by Shane & Shane and devoted to training musicians for songwriting and worship leading. The following meditation was written to accompany the song “All the Poor and Powerless” from Shane & Shane’s album The Worship Initiative. You may listen to “All the Poor and Powerless” for free. 

You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. (2 Cor. 8:9)

Christianity is not for the self-sufficient. It’s not a religion for the rich and the strong. Jesus didn’t come to comfort the well-to-do and rally those who have their lives all in order. He didn’t come to gather the good, but the bad. Jesus came not to call the righteous, but sinners (Mark 2:17).

This is one of the great paradoxes of the gospel. It’s the poor he makes rich, the weak he makes strong, the foolish he makes wise, the guilty he makes righteous, the dirty he makes clean, the lonely he loves, the worthless he values, the lost he finds, the have-nots who become haves. Not mainly in…

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