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No matter where the demands of a single day may take you, there are those expectations that are presented to you that must be accomplished.  Sometimes, it is not clear if the person stating the needs is just “venting” or really is expecting specific help to get done what they are describing.  Each of us have had those moments when we ask in exasperation, “What am I supposed to do?”

The meaning of the question is clear.  If you have some task that you need done, tell me.  Otherwise, I may simply think you are merely expressing a frustration in your life and may not readily see what you need me to do.  Communication is vital to clarify one’s intent.

However, sometimes, we are so eager to just “talk” that we fail to get done what the person asked of us.  We so enjoy the dialogue that the “duty” slips past us.  When that happens, we make the issue bigger than it was originally.  Having heard the request to do some task in order to alleviate another’s stress was clear.  Now, by simply staying “in place” and only prolonging the conversation creates angst in the hearer.  They are wondering if you are going to “act” or just “talk”.

“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 and the quarterback needs to know where he is going to go.  The running backs need to know where they are going to go. A huddle is a necessary part of playing the game.

But let me inform you if you do not already know, sixty thousand people do not pay good money to watch you huddle. See, people don’t come to football games to watch the huddle. They want to see if their team can overcome the opposition who is daring them to snap the ball and move down the field to score. What they want to know is does your practice work?

 Now what Christians often do is get high on their huddles. We gather together on Sunday morning and Sunday nights and Wednesday nights and we go nuts over the huddle! We say, “Boy did we have a huddle!! My quarterback can call plays better than your quarterback. And boy do we go off on the huddle.”

But what people don’t seem to understand is, that the huddle is so that we can play the game. The effectiveness of your church cannot be measured by how well you do on Sunday morning. … The test of the church is what it does in the marketplace. What we need today is churches that are representative of Jesus Christ not only when gathered but when disseminated.” (Dr. Tony Evans. “The Power of God’s People.” Sermon, 1987 – Church Growth Conference, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Dallas, TX).

Jesus made His desire for us very clear.  He called us out from the world to be His people so that we could influence the world for His glory.   We are “not to be hearers of the word ‘only’, but doers of the word.”  That is our calling and the secret to our effectiveness.