I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened - Luke 11:8-10 ESV
On the morning of January 10th, something happened that I didn’t think I would see again in my lifetime: the Clemson Tigers won the college football national championship!!
I was there in 1981 when they won their first championship. I shared that championship with my now deceased father. I was able to share this one with my sons.
As proud as I was of being able to share that moment with my sons, I was happier about sharing the story of the kid that made the game winning catch.
Hunter Renfrow, the receiver that made the greatest catch in Clemson football history, wasn’t supposed to be there. Hunter doesn’t look the part of a football player. He looks more like a student majoring in computer science (no offense to any computer science majors) than a football player.
He wasn’t highly recruited out of high school. He received a number of offers from smaller schools, but wanted to play at Clemson. He walked on, paying his own way and taking a chance that his play would be rewarded with a scholarship.
Hunter’s persistence paid off when Coach Dabo Swinney awarded him the final scholarship in 2015. He worked his way into the starting lineup and made significant contributions to the team’s success. His efforts culminated in his game winning catch.
Like so many of us men, we may not look the part of someone successful. The one thing that can’t be measured is commitment and heart. Hunter decided to walk on at Clemson because that was part of his destiny and purpose. He was not going to be denied in the pursuit of his goal.
My brothers, if we adopt the same outlook as Hunter Renfrow displayed in the pursuit of a goal, we would be unstoppable. Just imagine how much better this world would be if we men possessed an attitude of persistence. Can you imagine the lives that would be impacted in a positive way?
Today’s scripture details the things that you must do in accomplishing goals. It speaks of doing 3 things: ask, seek and knock.
Ask- Seek God’s counsel in regard to His will in your life. Then act in accordance with the counsel that has been received.
Seek – Use the talents that God has equipped you with to find the opportunities that align with your abilities and skill set.
Knock – This may be the most important action of the 3. When you have identified your goal and know that your abilities are aligned with accomplishing it, persist in knocking at the door until you reach your goal.
Like the gentleman in verse 8 that knocked on the door of his neighbor until he answered and provided him what he needed, so should you persist in your efforts as well. Like Hunter Renfrow in the national championship game, your efforts will be richly rewarded.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.