Devotionals

  • Just Jesus

    Devotionals | May 23, 2018

    The world tempts us to add something to Jesus when we envision leadership. Unruly hearts clamor for acknowledgement while our worldview can become caught up in the latest leadership trends. Silently, and often without our awareness, the world’s perspective creeps into our thinking, changing our leadership equation to “Jesus (plus popularity),” “Jesus (plus power),” or “Jesus (plus prestige).” Sometimes the “plus one” even sounds godly or spiritual: “Jesus (plus greater ministry impact).” How are you tempted to fill in the blank in your life and leadership?

  • Freshly Empowered

    Devotionals | May 21, 2018

    Peter’s opening sermon in Acts 2 and the disciples’ ongoing ministry in Acts are amazing demonstrations of the Spirit’s power. They were recipients of the Spirit doing His work of witnessing to Jesus in and through their words and actions (John 16:7-11). We, too, are called to allow Him to witness to others by depending on the Spirit’s power as we lead. Let Him empower you to witness to Jesus in your spheres of influence today. 

  • Waiting Well—Pentecost

    Devotionals | May 18, 2018

    In Jesus’ final words before His ascension He told His disciples to wait on the promised coming of the Holy Spirit. At His word, the disciples returned to Jerusalem. Their gathering together this time is in stark contrast to their fear-based gatherings after Jesus’ crucifixion. This time, they invested time together in prayer, and Peter stepped into his role of taking care of Jesus’ disciples. Where are you waiting on God’s empowering Spirit to lead you forward? Who are you gathering with to pray? What internal strengthening and realignment will prepare you when God’s time comes?

  • Defining Moments

    Devotionals | May 16, 2018

    Each of us have defining moments that shape our leadership journey. Jesus’ miracle of turning water into wine was one of those defining moments for His disciples. This was just one of many instances in which Jesus used His power not to serve Himself, but to serve others. His disciples witnessed Him using His power to serve the needs of a family in danger of public humiliation. Prior to this, they had followed Him as a teacher; now their understanding of who He was expanded exponentially and caused them to believe in Him.

  • Aspire

    Devotionals | May 14, 2018

    To what do you aspire in your leadership? More to the point, who do you aspire to be like? Too many leaders get caught in the trap of trying to make a name for themselves. Jesus, who had nothing to prove, was only concerned with enhancing the reputation of the Father. He consistently called His disciples to be like Him in living life as He did. Nothing has changed over the generations. The goal of leading like Jesus is to exalt God only by becoming more and more like your teacher and master, Jesus, the Son of God. Who or what are you aspiring to be like?

  • A Godly Role Model

    Devotionals | May 11, 2018

    In one of his psalms, David mention his mother as his role model in serving the Lord. While not all of us have a godly heritage, each of us has an opportunity to build a godly reputation in this generation. As we live into our identity as people who lead like Jesus, our interactions with other people will increasingly exalt God. We will experience the joy of seeing our words and actions bless others, and people around us will experience the goodness and grace of God.

  • Sound Learning

    Devotionals | May 09, 2018

    In a world of readily available information (true, false, or misguided), it is wise to consider the source upon which we base our decision-making and actions. The Old Testament, tested and tried for millennia, was the basis upon which Jesus based His worldview. His teaching and ministry subsequently provided the basis for the New Testament writings. The wisdom of God’s Word is available to anyone who will pay attention and allow the Spirit to teach them and shape their perspective. What shapes your worldview? What role does Scripture play in your understanding as a leader?

  • Reflection

    Devotionals | May 07, 2018

    No matter what role you find yourself in—family member or friend, parent, ministry leader, or corporate or organizational leader—others are observing you. Your words and actions are audible and visible reflections of your leadership motivation and values. Jesus’ trust in God to show Him what to do, where to go, when to speak, and what to say reflect His commitment to exalt God only. His example reminds us to look to God in every aspect of our leadership, also. Who will you interact with today? What will your words and actions reveal about your commitment to lead like Jesus?

  • In the Midst of It All

    Devotionals | May 04, 2018

    God is at work, always and forever. No matter what the circumstances in your life look like right now, God is working out His plan and will accomplish His purpose in the lives of those who love Him. Where do you need to hear these words today? Some of us are grieving loss, others struggle to find a way through, while others are praising and thanking God for His faithfulness. Focus on His presence. Trust Him. Thank Him. Praise Him. 

    Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. —1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

  • A Few Simple Questions

    Devotionals | May 02, 2018

    A few simple questions can help you take inventory of where you are in your leadership journey and provide strategies for moving forward. First, “what can I celebrate?” In other words, where have you seen evidence of how God is at work in and around you? Follow this up by asking Him “what is working?” and “what isn’t working?” Finally, ask God “what do I need to start doing?” and then “what do I need to stop doing?” Let God encourage, strengthen, and redirect you to lead like Jesus today.

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