How Do You Want To Die?

Not a very enticing blog title is it?  Not something most of us want to think about.  It’s not something I dwell on, but it was brought to mind as I was reading the 2nd chapter of Mark Batterson’s book WILD GOOSE CHASE.   In this chapter, Batterson tells the story of Wilson Bentley who died in pursuit of his passion.  I want to do the same!  I want to die passionately pursuing the vision and mission God has for my life!

Thirty-four years ago as a new believer, I made a commitment to a life objective which is: “To know, to love, and to glorify God; and to be used of Him to raise up qualified laborers in significant numbers – as fast as possible – to help fulfill the great commission.”  This purpose statement has been the driving force of my life since that time.  I’ve made many mistakes, but I’m still in pursuit of fulfilling this objective and passion.  I want to die pursuing an intimate relationship with God, pursuing new ways to be used by Him, pursuing people I can introduce to Him, and pursuing people who are willing to be trained to do the same.

I am in agreement with Mark Batterson who said:  “I am determined to pursue God-ordained passions until the day I die.  Life is too precious to settle for anything else.”

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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