Watched Grace Fellowship online today.  Pastor Rocky did a great job!  He talked about going through certain doors of life and being Jesus with skin on to the people on the other side of those doors.  One of these is the door of family, but as he said – “family is the hardest group to talk with about Jesus”.

For me, the starting point of this process was praying for each of my family members and making a commitment to Christ to share Him with my family.  I’ve talked personally with my parents and all my kids about Jesus.  Asking my dad about whether he had a relationship with Christ was one of the more difficult things I did.  He had all the outward signs, but I didn’t know if he had a personal relationship with Christ.  He shared with me that when he was 17 he put his faith and trust in Christ.  If that had not been the case, I would have tried to have a series of conversations about Jesus with him.

Beyond this, I made an attempt years ago to write a letter to my extended family; all my grandparents, aunts, uncles and first cousins.  In the letter, I did my best to tell them the difference Jesus made in my life.  It was difficult to write them because they all knew about my life before Christ (and it wasn’t pretty).  However, it was critical to me to do my best to share with them the difference Christ has made in me, and how they could trust Him as Savior; admitting that my past wasn’t pretty and I wasn’t making judgments – I just wanted to share with them what Jesus had done in me.  I told them I’d be glad to talk to any of them if they had questions.  This was pre personal computers and smart phones.  It may not have been the best method, but I knew I’d probably not see many of them in person in the future – so it was the best method I knew to use at that time.

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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