Dependence. We often feel so powerful and in control, but we really require inanimate substances, such as food, water, and shelter, to keep us alive. If we were to attempt more than a few days without drinking water, eating food, or avoiding the elements we would court death. A bit more consideration of this subject demonstrates that our every breath is a reaction dependent on our brain chemistry and, more accurately, the very decree of God. That is the definition of dependence: “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28, ESV).

I felt the reality of this state of dependence all the more deeply at the Biblical Counseling Training Conference hosted by Faith Church in Lafayette, Indiana. I enjoyed a week-long frenzy of worship, teaching, and training centered on Scripture. I feel incredibly blessed to meet new people and join them in the challenging journey of seeing our need to let God’s Word speak for itself as we help others see the hope God gives through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

This kind of vision is a necessary part of the upcoming teaching in Student Ministries. We are beginning a trek through the Book of Jonah, exploring God’s heart for the lost and the danger of having a cold heart even if we are counted among God’s people. Our complete dependence on God proves that we have no right to be like Jonah, fleeing to Tarshish to avoid God’s call to preach and then condemning even the repentant pagan. Instead, we place our firm hope in the gospel’s power to transform even the vilest of sinners, for “such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).

Do you know who your unsaved neighbors are? Do you know their names? Their kids names? Job? Hobbies? Birthdays? Reach out to them through conversation and hospitality and let not casual indifference be your own “Tarshish.”