As Christians, we are called to be dependent, to become living sacrifices. Yet, we live in a "pull yourselves up by your own bootstraps" world that puts a high values on independence and self-reliance. Because we are still human, we sometimes can struggle with the temptation, particularly during times of trial, to take back control and operate in our own strength.
In John 21, Jesus teaches the disciples, and us by extension, how to be renewed in our trust and dependence on Him.
Tony Stith grew up in the Pacific Northwestern United States. He has been a member of the churches of God all of his life, attending the Boise, Idaho, Lewiston, Idaho and Spokane, Washington churches of God. After graduating college in Pasadena, CA in 1990, he and his wife Elizabeth moved to the small suburb of Zimmerman, MN about one hour northwest of Minneapolis. They and their two children Jordan and Courtney, now young adults, attend the Twin Cities United Church of God congregation.