I mentioned in my previous blog that I believe a disciple is someone who has a life objective ( a purpose / lifestyle statement) based on the Word of God.

My life objective is: “To know, to love and 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.

A disciple is someone who knows God.  God wants us to know Him and calls us into a relationship and fellowship with Him through Christ.  (1 Cor. 1:9)  Hosea 6:6 basically says that God doesn’t want our sacrifices, He wants our love; He doesn’t want our offerings, He wants us to know Him.  That’s not to say that sacrifices and offerings aren’t important, but too many people try to substitute those things for knowing & loving God. 

A disciple’s first priority is to know & love God and be known & loved by God.  This relationship begins when we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ.  It’s built by spending time with God in His Word and in Prayer; being obedient to what the Holy Spirit reveals to us during this time.  We cannot know God intimately apart from obedience to Him, and His Word says the test of true love is obedience (John 14:15-24).  When I choose disobedience it’s like saying: “I don’t believe You have my best interests at heart God” and I act as if I don’t believe Jeremiah 29:11.

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 five 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 Legacy Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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