Jason Gray's new song, "Nothing Is Wasted," off the album A Way To See In The Dark (September 13, 2011), is a great reminder that no matter what you go through in life, nothing is wasted in the hands of the redeemer.
"I’m grateful that of all the things I could be talking about at this time in my life, I get to talk about the goodness of God, the way that he works all things—all things—together for the good of those who love him," he says. "Pain, loss, even failure . . . these things don’t get to have the last say over our lives. God has the final word, and his word over our lives is love."
At his very core, the Minnesota native’s songwriting has always emphasized how “strength is the new weakness,” something he learned from suffering from a chronic stutter in the past. As a result of revealing who he really is and what God has done in his life, in a vulnerable, transparent fashion, Jason has gained a faithful following who relate to his common reflections on God’s goodness and grace.
“When I’m willing to work out of my weakness, there are more chances for God to show up and for the unexpected to happen,” Jason explains. “My strengths—which are really quite modest—are limited to me, but with my weaknesses the possibilities are boundless.”
Jason has been compared to contemporaries like Brandon Heath and Bebo Norman, as well as revered artists like the late Rich Mullins and Mark Heard. He is able to marry beautiful melodies and the truth of the Gospel in catchy pop songs like “More Like Falling in Love” and “I Am New.” As much as Jason loves making music, it’s the Message that ultimately matters the most.
"There is constant pressure in our entertainment-oriented culture to be amazing and impressive," Jason says, "We have to wow audiences with gimmicks and get on the charts. I wrestle against that because it can be a heart killer and completely irrelevant to God's calling in my life. I'd rather be real than impressive."
Another facet of ministry that Jason has particularly enjoyed is teaming up with World Vision on behalf of AIDS orphans. "We hear a lot of talk about ‘authenticity’ and ‘worship’ in western Christianity," Jason shares. “And more and more I'm convinced that if our worship doesn't include serving Jesus in 'the least of these,’ then it falls short of the authentic ideal that we talk so much about. I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunity to partner with World Vision. The chance to actively serve the poorest of the poor has infused my life and work with meaning, purpose and a better understanding of who Jesus is and who He asks me to be."
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