Those of you who know me will not be surprised I’m using an acronym for this. For years I’ve been sharing this simple way to remember some first steps that can help us grow in our relationship with Jesus.

G – Go to God in prayer.

Be honest – talk to God about everything – talk to Him throughout the day. Ask Him for guidance and help.


R – Read God’s Word daily.

Use a reading plan. You can find a great reading plan on the You Version App or go to


O – Obey what you read in God’s Word.

Obedience to God’s Word doesn’t mean you won’t have problems; you will. But obedience also brings blessing. Andy Stanley says if you want to understand why – submit and apply.


W – Worship privately & publicly.

Worship means giving worth to something or someone.

Show you value your relationship with Jesus by:

Privately spending time alone with Him – praying & reading His Word.

Publicly connecting with a small group so you’ll be challenged to grow.

Publicly participating in a church by attending & serving.

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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