Huddles are as much about football as the pigskin, the sideline and the goal posts. Huddles are authentically football. As a matter of fact, a game would be incomplete without them. These are not merely times of rest between plays but a time to regroup, express the immediate mission and give orders to all members of the team. Only teams of the utmost precision can operate for long without the use of the huddle.
There are times in life when a huddle is necessary, too. Whether we have finished the orders given to us by God, or are floating in confusion as to what to do next, the huddle might serve as something ordained by God to keep us in the game.
Call a huddle….
1. in the Sanctuary of God
The weekly services of the church are the team’s huddle. In these meetings are discussed the great spiritual aims of the local church. At these times, the Word of God is given, and applications are made for our Christian lives. If all of our team members are not present, we will not be on the same page and God’s work will not go according to His plan in that week.
In Ephesians chapter four the Scriptural aims of the Pastor is given: And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ (4:11-13).
Clearly, when within the context of the local church people are going different directions, it is either because the play was not clearly given, they have ignored the play called or were not in the huddle! Three times a week at our church, I call the team to the huddle. Be in your place in your local church at designated times. God wants to speak to you, because He has an assignment for us to accomplish together.
2. with the Scripture
The Bible says, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” Go forth into the fight with the gameplan.
We need the Word of God! When the children of Israel were under the direction of Moses, God said, “Teach the people to teach their children” (Deuteronomy 6:1-0, 4:9-10). The family needs a daily huddle they used to call the “family altar.” Someone aptly said, “The family altar will alter the family.” The family unit, the church membership, the nation all need the blessed Word of God.
3. with the Spirit of God
In Acts chapter sixteen, Paul and Silas were planning their missionary enterprise. There were cities and towns in need of knowing Christ and fertile ground for starting churches, but the Holy Spirit did not allow them there. The Scripture says, Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, after they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.
The point is simple: as we seek to know what to do, may we seek the help of the Spirit of God. Here, we see a supernatural interposition of the Spirit of God, revealing Himself and the mind of God to Paul and Silas. The Spirit knows the mind of God and will lead us into the will of God.
Paul and Silas were not inactive in the “game.” They were incredibly active; this often becomes the problem. It is in our activity that we miss the call from the sideline.
Huddle up! Get with the church of God and lean on the Spirit of God, for our Lord will always provide in that which He has led us to do.