Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have had two of the best offenses in the nation for several years. It is only possible because of the ingenuity of the coaches. It is amazing their ability to call the right play at the right time. They design plays that are able to catch the defense off guard. They get the ball into the hands of their playmakers with the right blockers in front of them where they turn a short run into a long touchdown. However, no matter how great the play call was it is up to the players to run the play and make the most of it.
One of the struggles in churches is we have lots of ingenious plays being called. We dream up great ministry and outreach ideas that are certain to draw many to a place for them to hear the Gospel or a new discipleship class that we think could help people grow in their walk with Christ. The problem becomes that they are never run. We hold on to the ideas because we think they need more planning, better funding or we are not sure we will have enough workers to pull it off. So, these great ideas are sat on and the play is never run. Bob Mayfield posted on his blog, www.bobmayfield.com, a great video clip of J.D. Greear encouraging us to run the play.
This is what it means to have faith. James said in James 2:17 “faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” Faith is action. We can talk about ministry, plan ministry and even budget ministry but if we do not take action we are not living in faith. Let us not think we have to have every question answered and every scenario accounted for before we step out in faith. If we had all the answers it would not be faith. The only way we will accomplish big things for God is to listen to the plays he calls and run the play.