MONDAY, MAY 18
“Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”
Philippians 4:9 (NLT2)
Dr. Tony Evans once said, “In football they have a huddle, the goal of the huddle is to give you thirty seconds to call the play; that is why they give you a huddle. At a professional football game there may be sixty thousand people watching you huddle, they don’t mind you taking thirty seconds to call the play. They understand that you have to get organized, you have to know where you are going to go, the ends need to know where they are going to go, the quarterback needs to know where he is going to go, and the backs need to know where they are going to go. A huddle is a necessary part of the game. But let me inform you if you do not already know, sixty thousand people do not pay $40 a ticket to watch you huddle. They want to see if their team can overcome the opposition who is daring them to snap the ball and move the ball down the field to score. What they want to know is does your practice work?
In Phillipians 4 the apostle Paul is reminding Christians to not just huddle but to put into action what they have learned. Paul writes, “Keep putting into practice” and then he describes what they should keep putting into practice. Practice refers to repetition or continuous action. Practice as a habit. Paul uses the present imperative thus commanding believers to continually practice these things as their normal way of life.
We have not been able to physically “huddle” as a church the last few weeks. But some of us have been able to huddle online as a way of teaching and encouraging one another in the faith. However, if all we ever do is meet and talk about the Christian life and never live it, we have stopped short of what Jesus is calling us to do.
Times of crises present unique opportunities for the church to put their faith into action. I think our community desperately wants to see us put into practice what we’ve been teaching and learning. Our church is constantly looking for ways to practice our faith in the community. How have you been able to put your faith to work during this season?