Tonight I want to conclude this blog series “Making Our Dreams Come True”. To summarize, the last two posts covered: Asking Consistently and Seeking Persistently.
The third action step (and the third part of Jesus’ promise) is:
3. Knock Fearlessly
(v. 7) Knock and the door will be opened to you.
There’s a progression of intensity in the words of Jesus in this verse. Asking God for something requires a step of faith. Seeking after it, with the hope of finding it, requires more faith. Being bold enough to knock at the door of opportunity requires even greater faith, and greater courage…because when you knock on the door you run the risk of rejection.
It’s one thing to ask God to help you reach your community for Christ; it’s another thing to realistically assess what tools it will take and decide that any cost is worth the goal!
Do you get what I’m saying? Knocking on the door takes courage. It’s the hardest part of the equation, but it’s the part with the pay off. You’ve got to knock courageously.
This is what has euphemistically been called “Beating the Bushes.” By knocking on the door, we create opportunities.
I coached soccer for the YMCA my first year in college, and there were two players on my team –Juan and Carlos — who were comparable in talent, but whose attitudes were drastically different from one another. Juan was a good player, but if the game was on the line, he didn’t want the ball, he didn’t want to defend the goal. Carlos was just the opposite. His attitude was “Put me in, coach. I want to play. Give me the ball, let me see what I can do.”
In one game Carlos was our goalie, there was less than one minute to play. We were one goal ahead. But the other team had the ball. I called time-out (this was Elementary School soccer so we could do that) and approached Carlos, and he began shaking his head emphatically, saying, “No! Don’t take me out of the game! I can do it!” By the time I got to him, I could hardly stop laughing. I said, “Carlos, I wasn’t going to pull you, I just came out here to give you a pep talk and try to build up your confidence, but I see it’s not necessary.” I walked back to the sidelines and Carlos defended the goal and kept the ball out of the net. We won the game. Of course, we could have just as easily lost — Carlos had given up his share of goals — but I still would have admired his courage for wanting to defend the goal when the game was on the line.
In the movie “The Replacements” Gene Hackman, the coach, says to Keanu Reeves, the quarterback, “Winners always want the ball.”
Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky said, “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” What’s he saying? He’s saying: Knock on the door. Knock Fearlessly. Create opportunities.
When we pray for something, we become a partner with God. The key to making our dreams come true is not to put it in neutral and wait for things to happen, but to put it in overdrive and make things happen.
One of the most talented Christian musicians I know never saw his ministry get off the ground for the simple reason that he wasn’t willing to knock on doors. His exact words to me were, “I don’t want to build my kingdom. If I have a ministry in music I want it to be because Jesus wraps it up and gives it to me as a gift.” To an extent, he has the right attitude about not wanting to do music for his own glory. But in spite of his spiritual rhetoric, he’s trying to do it his way, not God’s way. God’s way is to Ask, Seek and Knock. Beat the bushes. Work hard. Make your own breaks. Create opportunities.
People ask, “But what if God doesn’t want this for me?” If you’re not sure, step one is to ask God if this is what He wants for you. Step two is to give God permission to give you what He wants for you instead of what you want for yourself. And step three is to ask God to make the desires of your heart and His desires the same. If you’re seeking to put God first in your life, he’s not going to trick you into doing something against His will.
(v. 9-11) “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him?”
When it comes to what we accomplish in life, and what we receive in life, luck has nothing to do with it — at least not for Jesus followers. We are called to pursue our goals, our dreams, and our ambitions with intensity. When you know something is within God’s will for your life, go after it with every thing you’ve got. We’re not supposed to passively wait for things to happen in our lives, we’re supposed to aggressively pursue whatever it is God calls us to do.
If there is something you want to ask God for, then ask. But ask consistently; make sure your actions are consistent with your request. Then seek persistently for God’s answer, and keep seeking till you find it. And knock fearlessly, even in the face of possible rejection, even in the face of possible failure, keep knocking, because that’s where you’ll find your opportunities waiting for you. Jesus promised…
(v. 8) For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
What dream has God put in your heart? If you will keep asking, seeking, and knocking God will make that dream come true!