Devotionals

  • A Helper When We Fall

    Devotionals | July 16, 2021

    As God’s people, we are not to live lives characterized by sin. Our lives are to be characterized by knowing Jesus Christ, the righteous one. Yet sin is a reality in this fallen world, and at times we will succumb to temptation. Perhaps we are prone to failing to lead in humility and God-grounded confidence. Perhaps we forego words of encouragement and loving correction, choosing instead to speak harsh words of judgment that stem from our own pride or fear.

  • A Change of Focus

    Devotionals | July 14, 2021

    Think about the impact of the early church! Abandoning self-centered, worldly perspectives, they focused on living in light of Jesus’ resurrection. Through their witness, people’s lives were changed, transformed. Jesus continues to call us to create Jesus-centered communities in our homes and churches, to live as salt and light in the marketplace and the community-at-large. When we do, He is exalted through our lives and leadership. What is your focus in leading 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?

  • Words of Encouragement

    Devotionals | July 09, 2021

    Encouragement is a universal need in the world. Whoever we meet, wherever we go, during good times and bad times, task-specific and personal encouragement always reaps powerful leadership dividends. Wise leaders know this. They take personal responsibility for motivating and encouraging those they lead. Sometimes people need words of affirmation, knowing that we understand and believe in them. Other times, they may need us to give instruction or to help them solve problems. Whatever the need, effective leaders discern the best way and time to encourage others. Who will you speak to today?

  • Stop, Look, and Listen!

    Devotionals | July 08, 2021

    Jesus often called His disciples to open their eyes and see the possibilities in front of them. Still today He calls us to stop pursuing our own agendas, look at the situation around us, and humbly listen to realign ourselves with His purpose and ways. Whether we are navigating planned change, unexpected opportunities, or dealing with spur-of-the-moment crises, Jesus-like leaders set their hearts on following Him. Where is God calling you to stop, look, and listen?

  • 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?

  • Leading with Boldness

    Devotionals | July 02, 2021

    Jesus was able to lead with boldness because He was committed to pursuing God’s will and way above all else. God’s Word shaped His life and leadership perspective, and God’s Spirit sustained Him when challenges arose. His awareness of who He was and whose He was filled Him with assurance and confidence in every aspect of His ministry. Does the same humility and commitment to God underlie our leadership? This is the distinguishing characteristic between arrogance and boldness.

  • Make Us Like You

    Devotionals | June 30, 2021

    Leading like Jesus involves defining success as God defines it, while humbly and confidently depending on God and moving steadily toward the goal. Jesus knew this. His relationship with the Father was His number one priority in life. At times He withdrew from the public sphere to spend time with God. As a result, when it was time to act, He demonstrated God-grounded confidence. He kept His focus on the cross always and moved in sync with the Father’s will. How will you emulate His example today?

  • It's Our Choice

    Devotionals | June 28, 2021

    Each of us has a choice as to where and how we invest our lives. We choose what kind of difference to make in other people’s lives. We choose whether to make God’s priorities our own. We choose to trust God and follow His leading in our challenging circumstances, or we choose the world’s ways. Moment by moment, we have the choice to live, love, and lead like Jesus. What will you choose today?

  • Leading the Unwilling

    Devotionals | June 25, 2021

    How do we respond when people resist direction and insist on going their own way? No matter our leadership role, we all will face times when others do not agree with the direction we are moving. In these difficult situations, we are responsible to keep a close watch on our leadership motivations and actions. Jesus calls us to speak the truth in love, even when others do not respond as we desire.

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