The Power of the Broken Body
For people to understand the power of God working through His people, we must understand two things: first, brokenness forces us to see God as the ultimate and only reliable source of power; and second, God often breaks the very people He intends to use for His glory. Our culture focuses on outward appearance, beauty, physical and social power, self-sufficiency, and self-achievement. But our cultural pursuit of these is idolatry. We have made little gods of ourselves. In fact, God takes conventional wisdom and practices and turns them on their head. The whole nature of His redemptive work is upside down. Instead of using people of power and influence, God uses unknown people (Ruth), cowardly people (Gideon), deeply sinful people (David), and culturally insignificant people (the 12 disciples) to achieve His purposes.
Michael S. Beates