• Follow His Instructions

    Devotionals | April 30, 2018

    Does it sometimes amaze you that God chooses to use people like us? Consider how little the disciples really understood as they began to lead like Jesus. They didn’t have a sophisticated theology, they just followed His instructions. Their leadership was really a matter of humble obedience and God-confidence. Wherever you are on the transformational journey of becoming a Jesus-like leader, you, too, can humble, confidently, and obediently follow Jesus’ instructions.

  • When Help Is Needed

    Devotionals | April 27, 2018

    Jesus assured His disciples that He and the Father and the Spirit would make their home with them to enable them to live as His witnesses. This promise was not just for the earliest disciples. In his prayer in John 17, Jesus consecrated Himself to being available to all future disciples in the same way. What challenges are you facing today? Where do you need to remember His promise?

    “I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”—John 17:26

  • Surprise

    Devotionals | April 25, 2018

    Jesus’ resurrection appearances caught even His closest disciples by surprise. Peter needed God to directly intervene to convince him to go to the Gentiles. Paul experienced several closed doors in ministry before discerning God’s direction to go to Macedonia. How do you respond to unexpected events, unconventional opportunities, closed doors, or unforeseen results? Let them prompt you to lean into God to seek His Spirit and perspective so that you can align yourself with His movement.

  • Restless

    Devotionals | April 23, 2018

    The pace of life in our highly connected world seldom slows down of its own accord. Information, questions, and demands easily flow through the airwaves and internet into devices that we hold in our hands and carry in our pockets. The persistent restlessness and accompanying anxiety can keep us constantly on edge. Even in His day, Jesus called disciples away from the pressure of the crowd’s incessant activity. He continues to call us away today. What steps can you (and will you) take to find the rest He offers?

  • Work

    Devotionals | April 20, 2018

    From the world’s perspective, work is often viewed as a curse, something to get done so that we can get on to relaxing and having fun. In contrast, from God’s perspective, work is a gift that reflects His creativity and energy and life-giving nature. By inviting us to join Him in His work of caring for creation in all its facets, God gave human beings purpose and significance and an opportunity to experience the satisfaction He experienced in creation. What work has God given you to do?

  • Know Yourself

    Devotionals | April 18, 2018

    Each of us has been shaped by God to reflect His image. Some of us naturally reflect His direct, action-oriented approach to the world, while others more naturally reflect His deep love for people, His passion to communicate with us, or His concern for every aspect and detail of life. When we make it our goal to honor Him with who we are and how we live, He works through us and helps us adapt our behavior to the people and situations around us. How does He want to work through you today?

  • Do This

    Devotionals | April 16, 2018

    Jesus exhorted His followers to a truly revolutionary way of living. His standard for life didn’t consist of merely telling people what not to do. Instead, He exhorted God’s people to offer loving service to others. He called people back to the heart of the Old Testament message with one comprehensive command: “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” How will you proactively take loving action for the benefit of those around you today?

  • Serving God’s Purpose

    Devotionals | April 13, 2018

    Jesus was born according to the Father’s purpose, and He served God’s purpose in the power of the Spirit. Because Jesus accomplished His mission, the Spirit has been poured out to empower us to serve God’s purpose, also. You, as well, have been born according to the Father’s purpose and sent into the world, just as the Father sent Jesus. As you depend upon the Spirit’s leading, you will be infused with the Spirit’s presence and power to serve God’s purpose. Today, will you choose to rest in Him, listen for His voice, and follow His leading?

  • Dying to Live

    Devotionals | April 11, 2018

    Jesus calls us to follow Him, to daily take up our cross, lay down our lives, and die to ourselves and worldly desires, just as He did. In Jesus, we have been crucified to the world and its demands. No longer are we slaves to a system that edges God out of life and leadership. We have been infused with His Spirit, given new life, and enabled to live lives that exalt God. What temptations to edge God out do you need to die to serve others like Jesus serves you?

  • Wisely and Well

    Devotionals | April 09, 2018

    Jesus calls us to be good stewards of the leadership opportunities and responsibilities He gives us. He places us where we are for His purposes. He places people in our spheres of influence so that they can experience His touch. He provides resources—spiritual, intellectual, emotional, material, including our time and relationships—to equip us in His work. When the way is hard, He reminds us to seek His perspective and draw on the helping presence of His Spirit and all He has given to empower us. How are you stewarding what God has given you?