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  • Back to the Present

    Devotionals | August 06, 2021

    Some people are prone to dwell in the past, reflecting on and rehashing the successes and failures of earlier days. Some are forever dreaming of the future, reflecting on and rehearsing how it will be someday soon. To lead like Jesus involves learning from the past as God draws us into the future. Lessons from the past can enhance our vision, goals, strategies, and tactics. Seek God’s perspective on the past, present, and future, so that you can lead like Jesus today. Where do you need to respond to Jesus in faith by leading as He would today?

  • A New Normal

    Devotionals | August 02, 2021

    Jesus calls us to a new normal, a new way of living and leading, one that reflects the reality of His calling and the transforming power of His Spirit. No longer are we to follow the world’s patterns, allowing culture to dictate our perspective and practices. Instead, God wants to permanently realign our thinking and behavior so that leading like Jesus becomes a normal part of how we live. Do you want the normal, everyday pattern of your life to reflect Jesus to others?

  • Treasuring What God Treasures

    Devotionals | July 12, 2021

    Treasure comes in many forms, some temporary and fleeting, some lasting and eternal. Jesus spoke bluntly about the allure of earthly treasures whose pleasures and benefits pass away. He urges us to allow our hearts to be captivated by treasure that endures, to be caught up into the very life and movement of God. As we value what God values, we grow to long for more of Him and to be more like Him. Increasingly, we love people and use things, rather than loving things and using people. Where is your treasure?

  • Leading in Light of Ultimate Reality

    Devotionals | July 05, 2021

    What overarching reality guides your life? Scripture tells us that one day every knee will bow to Jesus. This is the ultimate reality toward which all of history flows. Jesus has called us into relationship with Him, into God’s unfolding story in the world. As men and women who follow Jesus and are called to serve in His name, we are caught up in the flow of what God is doing. Where has He placed you to live out your role in His story?

  • Seeing Like Jesus

    Devotionals | June 23, 2021

    Everywhere Jesus went, He saw through the Father’s eyes. He saw people with pressing needs, religious leaders who needed to refocus on God’s priorities, and disciples who needed to be trained. More importantly, Jesus saw what the Father was doing in sending Him into the world. This prompted Him to speak words of truth, hope, guidance, and correction, to act with compassion and courage, and to press forward with His God-given mission. What do you see the Father doing? Who and what does He want you to see today? How does He want you to respond to what you see?

  • Family Matters

    Devotionals | June 21, 2021

    After personally leading a successful campaign to return the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, David “returned home to bless his family” (1 Chron. 16:43). Jesus, in the midst of His suffering on the cross, becoming the means of forgiveness for the sin of the whole world, gave His mother Mary into the care of the disciple whom He loved (Jn. 19:26-27). Are we as focused on living, loving, and leading like Jesus in our family relationships as we are in professional or ministry roles? Jesus clearly was.

  • Advice or Wisdom

    Devotionals | December 11, 2017

    Many people give advice, while others are sources of wisdom. How can you tell one from the other? Advice typically comes in the form of opinion and reflects the viewpoint of the person offering it. Wisdom, the kind of wisdom that Jesus exhibited in His life, has the ring of God’s truth about it, an overarching truth that transcends human understanding. Even His enemies marveled at Jesus’ selfless, God-centered wisdom. Do you give advice or offer godly wisdom?

  • When in Doubt

    Devotionals | November 02, 2016

    Leading like Jesus doesn’t mean we always know what to do. Discerning the path forward frequently requires multiple considerations, some of which are not readily clear. Jesus modeled for His disciples a constant turning to the Father as He navigated the ups and downs of life. When He needed to select key leaders, He spent the night in prayer. After a long day of ministry, He stayed up late or woke up early to spend time with the Father. When in doubt, when pressure mounts, when you need to find a way forward, follow Jesus’ example, and turn to the Father.

  • A Personal Recommendation

    Devotionals | October 28, 2016

    It is common practice to look for personal recommendations before trying something new. Jesus didn’t just recommend leading by serving to His disciples, He lived it in front of them, then commissioned them to follow in His footsteps. He calls us to live humbly with our God, to confidently expect to “receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Heb. 4:16), and to live for the Father’s approval alone. He tells us that exchanging power-driven leadership for leading by serving is worth it. Do you trust His recommendation?

  • Look This Way

    Devotionals | August 22, 2016

    Some people lead their lives by making a point of not being like other people, focusing on someone else’s negative example, instead of seeking a positive role model. In their pride, they determine that they will never be like the person who made a negative impact on them. Doing this doesn’t bring about Jesus-like transformation, it only succeeds in fixing our thoughts on what is negative. Instead, God asks us to focus on Jesus. Meditating on who He is, we become like the One we behold, and grow to be humble, selfless, God-exalting leaders, following Him as our leader.

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