Devotionals

  • Invest to Influence

    Devotionals | April 06, 2018

    If we want to increase our influence in the lives of people around us, we need to invest in them and in our relationships with them. Investing in people requires time, interest, and attention. It means that we care about what people are going through and how they feel. It means that we build relationships with them. Jesus spent three years investing in His disciples. He lived life with them. He cared about them as people. When He realized how much His disciples were grieving over His coming departure, He spent time teaching, encouraging, comforting, and praying for them.

  • Witnesses to Love

    Devotionals | April 04, 2018

    Jesus has sent us into the world to be His witnesses, just like the Father sent Jesus into the world to be His witness. In sending us, Jesus says that our witness to Him is reflected in how we love people (which in God’s vocabulary is a verb, not a feeling). Love is treating people with respect, honoring them in our words and actions, and accurately expressing Jesus’ thoughts and perspective in our conversations with them. Love is speaking the truth, forgiving like Jesus forgave us, and apologizing and making amends when we are in the wrong.

  • Just Like Jesus

    Devotionals | April 02, 2018

    Jesus’ teaching and ministry had such a powerful impact because everything He did was a result of depending on the Father to work in and through Him. We can confidently follow Jesus’ model of leadership by choosing to depend on the Father just like He did. Will you make the commitment to speak and act wholly as the Father leads you? How will your leadership reflect the Father alive and at work in and through you today?

  • Light Breaking Through

    Devotionals | April 01, 2018

    On the first Resurrection Sunday, Mary and the other disciples awoke in darkness but went to sleep in light of the resurrection. The brilliance of the resurrection obliterated the shadow of Jesus’ death on the cross the preceding Friday. Their lives were changed; how could it be otherwise? Jesus’ resurrection instilled in them a new joy, a new perspective on life, a new purpose, and a new understanding of God’s power. How has Jesus’ resurrection changed you and your approach to life and leadership?

  • The Shadow of the Cross

    Devotionals | March 31, 2018

    The shadow of the cross followed Jesus’ disciples into the Sabbath. From what we read in Scripture, they had no hope of seeing Him again; they prepared for the future in light of their knowledge of the present. Was their Sabbath rest troubled by confusion, sorrow, and anxiety? Most likely. But the Sabbath gave them an opportunity to be still and cast their anxiety on the Lord. When the present presses in on you, remember to rest in Him as you wait for His redemption to be revealed.

  • To His Final Breath

    Devotionals | March 30, 2018

    The cross looms large over this day. The instrument of our salvation reveals the extent to which God’s love was willing to go for us. Jesus lived every breath of His life in light of the final breath He would take that day on Calvary. It dominated His thoughts throughout His ministry even as it dominates our thoughts today. He came to give His life. It was that simple. And that costly. His commitment to serve God knew no bounds. How about your commitment? What has He called you to? Will you also serve Him until your last breath?

  • Doing as He Has Done

    Devotionals | March 29, 2018

    Four times in John’s Farewell Discourse, Jesus calls His disciples to follow His example. Twice, He calls them to love one another as He has loved them (Jn. 13:34; 15:12). Once, to follow His example in serving one another with humility (Jn. 13:15). And once, He promises that if they keep His commands, they will experience the assurance and security of remaining in His love, just as He has kept the Father’s commands and remained in the Father’s love (Jn. 15:10). Will you make Jesus your example? Will you follow Him in love, service, and obedience?

  • Undercurrents

    Devotionals | March 28, 2018

    The pressure on Jesus continued to intensify leading up to the cross. The religious leaders’ collusion and Judas’ betrayal spring readily to mind. Scripture also records the disciples’ ongoing lack of understanding of His mission and vying for positions of greatness. Despite these undercurrents, Jesus maintained His composure and focused on completing the work the Father had given Him to do. What opposition are you facing?

  • In Word and Action

    Devotionals | March 27, 2018

    Jesus committed his whole life to serving His own. His mission was to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10) and to call out a people who would join Him in exalting God through their lives (Matthew 5:16). Those who welcomed Him to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday had no idea of the type and extent of salvation He would bring them nor the cost He would bear. But He did. And to this end He gave His whole life. How will your words and actions honor Jesus and exalt God as you lead today?

  • Leading with Intentionality

    Devotionals | March 26, 2018

    Jesus’ commitment to completing all that God had given Him to do was evident throughout the week leading up to His crucifixion and resurrection. He approached these final days with the same intentionality that characterized all the other days of His life. Each day was filled with lessons, signs, parables, and actions that pointed to the oncoming fulfillment of His mission and the futility of thwarting God’s purposes. What has God given you to do? Live and lead with intentionality so that God’s purposes will be fulfilled through you today.

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