Devotionals

  • We Do Not Travel Alone

    Devotionals | May 28, 2021

    Who is helpful to you in the work God has called you to? Who works alongside of you so that together you accomplish more than you could on your own? Jesus had disciples to whom He entrusted the next phase of His master plan. Paul had traveling companions along with personal representatives that stayed on to complete work that he had begun. Under duress, both Jesus and Paul called their closest friends to their side to keep them going. At home, at work, let those around you know how much you value them and their partnership.

  • A Needed Transfusion

    Devotionals | May 26, 2021

    The temptation to live our lives in our own strength is always before us, just as it was for Jesus. Yet Jesus consciously chose to live life in dependence on the Holy Spirit and according to what He saw the Father doing. He offers us the opportunity to exchange our lives for His, to be made new, to let Him live within us. What difference would it make to your interactions with others to accept His offer today?

  • Cheat Sheet

    Devotionals | May 24, 2021

    What is on your cheat sheet? You know, that short list of what is most important to you, the one that you turn to when you need extra help. What names and relationships appear? What life goals? What guiding principles and values? What rank-ordered priorities? Without a clear understanding of these key issues, you will be susceptible to the influence of other voices, competing visions, and contradictory values. Take time to prayerfully update your personal mission, vision, and values statement, and commit it to memory. You never know when a test might come.

  • Ever Present Help

    Devotionals | May 21, 2021

    One of the amazing realities of serving a risen Lord is that we are never without His presence and help. Through the Holy Spirit, He is constantly with us, even as He simultaneously serves as our advocate in the presence of the Father. How welcome is He in your life? How open are you to His guidance? Where do you need His help today?

  • Convincing Proof

    Devotionals | May 19, 2021

    Some might question the effectiveness of Jesus' leadership style. The Pharisees certainly did not think Jesus had the right perspective on leadership. Even Jesus' disciples questioned His choices. Jesus knew that He was living and leading in ways that pleased God and would ultimately impact others. If you question the wisdom in following His example, consider how His life continues to impact lives today.

  • When the Crowd Applauds

    Devotionals | May 17, 2021

    As Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, he was greeted by people who looked at Him as their conquering hero. By the end of the week, the crowds would be complicit in His crucifixion. How did Jesus maintain His equilibrium and composure in the midst of wildly changing approval ratings? He kept His eyes fixed on God, the One who had called Him, the One whom He lived to please. All things, He knew, were going according to God's plan. Where is God calling you to follow in Jesus' footsteps, living for His approval, regardless of what the crowds say or do?

  • Running Ahead or Lagging Behind

    Devotionals | May 14, 2021

    In our rush to see results, we can find ourselves outpacing God. Conversely, when the time is right for action, we might lag behind. Through the trusting relationships Jesus built with His disciples, He was able to shape them, correct them, or urge them on as needed. He does the same for us today. As leaders following Jesus, we need to keep pace both with Him and with those in our leadership spheres. Where might you be running ahead of or lagging behind Jesus and others?

  • A Time to Speak

    Devotionals | May 12, 2021

    Peter, overwhelmed by his experience on the Mount of Transfiguration, blurted out the first thing that came to mind. His intentions were honorable, but he misunderstood the situation. How many times are we as leaders confronted with situations that we don't fully understand? We may want to acknowledge and honor those involved, or perhaps we even want to make a contribution to the conversation. Wisdom urges us to listen and observe, rather than speaking from pride or fear. Then when it is time to speak, we will know what questions to ask and how to add value to the conversation.

  • Followers First, Leaders Second

    Devotionals | May 10, 2021

    It can be easy to forget, especially if we hold formal leadership positions, that being a leader is not our identity or calling. We are first children of God, called to follow Jesus. Only as we live into our identity and calling in Jesus will we be able to lead like Him. We must never mistake ourselves as the leader of our own lives; Jesus is the leader who lives within us, the One whom we follow. Let Him lead you into your day.

  • Use or Misuse of Power

    Devotionals | May 07, 2021

    Human leaders who lead from a sense of power tend to issue orders, expecting those orders to be obeyed by subordinates without question. Isn't it interesting that Jesus, who had ultimate power and authority, chose to lead His followers not from a sense of power but from the basis of humility and love? His power was displayed against evil. But with His followers, He led from relationship, using His power to serve them with life-giving words and acts of service on their behalf. What motivates your words and actions, the world's power-driven model of leadership or Jesus' servant model?

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