Devotionals

  • Tempted to Compare

    Devotionals | February 28, 2018

    None of us are immune to the temptations of pride and fear. As Peter walked with Jesus after being freshly commissioned by Him—with Jesus’ words “Follow me!” still ringing in his ears—Peter turned to compare himself with another disciple. Was Peter’s question prompted by fear in light of Jesus’ warning about the suffering his service would entail? Did it spring from pride in being commissioned by Jesus Himself? What about you? Where are you tempted to compare yourself with others? Where is Jesus calling you to follow Him?

  • Virtues in Action

    Devotionals | February 26, 2018

    Paul urges believers to let their relationships with one another be characterized by Jesus-like virtues: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, bearing with one another and forgiveness (Col. 3:12-13). As vital as practicing each of these virtues is to building Jesus-like relationships, one virtue stands supreme: love. Love, also, must be consciously chosen and actively put into practice. In all of this, we follow Jesus, our leader. As Jesus chose the path of love, so we consciously choose to live as new creations in Him and reflect Him in our relationships with others.

  • Self-Control

    Devotionals | February 23, 2018

    The temptation to take shortcuts, to pull a power play and bend to the world’s methods “just this once,” can gain a foothold in our motives under pressure. When this temptation arises, it can take all the self-control we can muster to keep our hearts fixed on Jesus. Paul reminds us that the source of humble, God-honoring self-control is the Spirit. It is this type of Spirit-empowered self-control that Jesus demonstrated throughout His life, especially as pressure mounted against Him. What pressures are you facing?

  • God-Grounded Confidence

    Devotionals | February 21, 2018

    In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, he spends time defending his apostleship and ministry. Regardless of what people had to say about him, Paul (like Jesus) knew whose he was and who he was. He knew what God had called him to do, and he pursued it vigorously in the face of opposition. What about you? Do you know what God has called you to do? Is your confidence grounded in yourself and your own abilities or in the person and power of God at work in and through you?

  • Trusting God's Way

    Devotionals | February 19, 2018

    Scripture paints a picture of a God beyond human comprehension. He speaks the universe into being and is working all of history according to His plan. His highest value is love expressed in sacrificial service. He entered our world and goes before us even now. Will you dare to trust and follow Him today?

  • Personally Involved

    Devotionals | February 16, 2018

    Jesus’ perspective on leadership is eminently practical. If He saw someone in need, He met their need. Consider the man waiting to be healed beside the pool of Bethesda. Discerning that the man was willing to allow Jesus to help him, Jesus spoke directly to his need. When Jesus’ disciples initiated a theological discussion regarding a man’s blindness in John 9, Jesus was not content to leave the man blind when He had it in His power to heal him.

  • The Face of Love

    Devotionals | February 14, 2018

    For an example of true love, simply look to Jesus and the cross. His life reveals what it looks like to put someone else’s interests before our own, to value others and their well-being to the extent that we choose to sacrificially serve them at their point of need. As God’s self-giving love transforms our hearts, reshapes our perspective and teaches us to love like He loves, we, too, are empowered to love and serve others for their good and God’s glory. Who is God calling you to love in Jesus’ name?

  • Use Me

    Devotionals | February 12, 2018

    Scripture reveals the unfolding story of God’s plan to redeem the world. From the beginning, His plan took shape in the lives of people. Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, Esther, Mary, and countless others led the way. The Twelve, Paul, Barnabas, Priscilla and Aquila, Timothy, Jesus’ brothers James and Jude and thousands like them carried the message. Today, He looks to you and me to live into His plan. Will you lead with humility and God-grounded confidence? Will you let Him sweep you up into His story?

  • Those Closest to You

    Devotionals | February 09, 2018

    Leading like Jesus encompasses every aspect of our lives, from family and friends to co-workers and colleagues and people in our communities. Regardless of how wide our influence extends, our greatest opportunity to influence others is with those closest to us. Jesus prayerfully chose twelve to pour His life into. Who is part of the small circle of people in your daily life? Name them one by one. Ask the Lord to pour out His Spirit and to multiply your influence in their lives so that they, too, will lead like Jesus.

  • In the Thick of It

    Devotionals | February 07, 2018

    Every task and project has a beginning, a middle and an end. Beginnings can be exciting as we approach a new task with fresh energy and enthusiasm. Endings, often hard won, can offer a sense of accomplishment and thanksgiving for what God has done. It’s in the middle, though, that we often find ourselves in the thick of it with details and deadlines swirling around us. Every day can bring new challenges or the monotony of never-ending details. Where are you ‘in the thick of it’? How do you need God to see you through?

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