When the 72 disciples return they are ecstatic. As they walked in freedom, giving and receiving peace, and investing in relationships, they saw the Kingdom of God break in. In simple trust, they obeyed Jesus and discovered that they were used to heal people and to cast out demons.
Jesus is full of joy. He had given power and it had brought life. Then he says something curious. “I am grateful that you hid all this from wise and educated people and showed it to ordinary people.” As much as God’s power had flowed – it had flowed through very ordinary vessels.
So often, God’s strategy is the power of powerlessness.
God uses the weak. He uses the broken.
God redeems the world by taking on the must humble, vulnerable form – an infant born into impoverished conditions. He absorbs all that is sinful and broken – through a bloody, painful, shameful death by state-ordered crucifixion.
God’s Kingdom is full of God’s power. But God shows it through this upside down strategy of weakness.
This is the lavish love of God. This is the invitational love of God. He doesn’t overpower us. He doesn’t force his power on us. He doesn’t coerce us.