I’ve had some pretty fantastic collaborators and co-writers over the past 16 years in Nashville. But I’m going to have to say these two are tops. I looked back over the past blog posts to try and find the comment that suggested John’s quote about having two shirts or shoes, but I couldn’t find it. Whoever you are, thank you very much.
The passage in Luke 3 works great as a first line because it says so clearly what the song is about. After landing on the melody, I came across Jesus’ teaching from Mark 9, which fit perfectly. Suddenly, there was a chorus.
Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none,
Anyone who has food should do the same
Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
Where moth and rust destroy, where thieves break in and steal.
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
(Where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal)
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be (also).
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