Belief in Jesus is not an accomplishment. It is a pure gift. Its only prerequisite is an open mind and an open heart. Both of these, in turn, require humility, and humility comes more easily to those who don’t have a whole lot to begin with. Powerlessness sounds negative. By itself it is negative. Yet powerlessness acknowledged is an open door through which Jesus can pass to send his own power into our hearts and lives.
There are many examples of great saints who were very talented people. There have also been saints who were wealthy and powerful. All of them however were at heart like the poor early disciples of Jesus seeing themselves as wholly dependent on their Lord and savior. Their sense of dependence on God did not prevent them from using their talents, wealth or power. It did prevent them from becoming arrogant. Things in themselves can neither join us to God nor separate us from him unless we choose to let them.
I acknowledge that everything I have is from you, Lord. Give me wisdom and courage to build your world in accord with your loving plan.