The Local

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the worldJohn 16:33 (NIV).

Have you ever gone to a new resort with your friends? It is super fun to explore new territory but you don’t really know where to start. On the other hand, have you ever been to a new resort and met up with a “local” who has ridden that resort their whole life? The person who knows where that awesome cliff is or the untouched powder? Without a doubt, it is way more fun riding with the “local!”

Our Christian life is same way! We as Christians have a big book called the Bible and it is hard to navigate sometimes and we just don’t know where to start. It is so important to have someone that we know who is a believer to walk alongside us, “the local.” God says in His word that in this life you will have trouble! It is important to know that God has overcome the world and will give us peace, but God still states that in this life we will have trouble. In my life I have found some people who have been Christians longer/have more wisdom than me. I will go to them and see how they navigate the Christian life. It has helped me to see what has and hasn’t worked in their life; and this has helped me to put lots of things into perspective. They can point you to Christ when you don’t have the energy to do so yourself. They can point you to Christ when trouble comes your way.

God calls us to live in community with other believers so that we can build each other up in Him. Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV) says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” I have found it has made my life so much better walking alongside someone who has more wisdom. I have also found it way better riding alongside “locals.” They show me the awesome places, teach me new skills, and challenge me to strive for more than the groomers! It is the same way in our Christian walk. We need someone who challenges us to follow God with our whole heart!

We need to be finding people to walk alongside us in our walk with Jesus. We also need to be walking alongside others! This life can be hard to navigate so don’t try and be a superhero and walk it by yourself.


Who are you going to ask to walk alongside you?
Who are you going to walk alongside?
I challenge you to find someone today! Don’t live on groomers!

By Michael Dyck | Capernwray, New Zealand

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