Devotionals

  • Lasting Change

    Devotionals | August 18, 2017

    Lasting change is more than behavior modification. It finds its roots in a transformed heart. Scripture repeatedly emphasizes and examines the state of the heart. With our hearts we think, feel, choose, commit, respond, and persevere. Our hearts are the storehouses for our beliefs and character, and from our hearts come our words, actions, and habits. Leading like Jesus isn’t about behavior modification. Leading like Jesus flows from transformed hearts that fuel a life-long journey of serving Him, and stepping out to serve others in His name.

  • Shine the Spotlight

    Devotionals | August 16, 2017

    One of the potential downfalls leaders face is the temptation to shine the spotlight on ourselves. Exalting our personal contributions at home, church, work, or in the world, we edge God out. Lacing our conversation with “I,” “me,” and “my,” we imply that the contributions of others are not as significant as ours. Jesus pointed to the Father as the source of all His power, served in the Father’s name, and exhorted and empowered others to do the same. Today, how will you follow His example?

  • Transforming Your Attitude

    Devotionals | August 14, 2017

    Have you noticed the difference a leader’s attitude makes in the lives of others? This is especially true when bad news comes, or in seasons of prolonged stress. How do we as leaders maintain our emotional health so that we can continue to support others in difficult times? Paul closes his letter to the Thessalonians with three directives that remind us to keep our focus on God in every season of leadership. Looking to Him, we will find the strength and ability to face a challenging present or an uncertain future.

  • When We Are Wrong

    Devotionals | August 11, 2017

    The state of our hearts comes clearly into focus when we realize that we are in the wrong. The heart that longs to exalt God moves quickly to apologize and make amends; the heart that exalts self insists on self-justification, blaming, and posturing. When we find these indications of pride sneaking into our thinking, we need to stop, and humble ourselves before God. He will show us what we need to do. Forgiven by Him, we can take God-honoring steps to make amends, rebuild trust and restore broken relationships.

  • Make Time for What Matters

    Devotionals | August 09, 2017

    What does your day hold today? Is it filled with tasks to accomplish, places to go, people to meet and interact with? Are you eager to begin a new project, or perhaps intent on finishing well? All of us have the same number of hours given to us each day. How we use them matters for eternity, today and every day. Scripture urges us to redeem the time, to make the best use of our days, hours, and minutes. How will you use the time given to You today?

  • Do What He Says

    Devotionals | August 07, 2017

    God never speaks frivolously. When He speaks to us—through nature, in Scripture, or by the prompting of the Holy Spirit—God is orchestrating the outworking of His plan. Jesus lived a life of obedience to the Father; He calls us to follow in His footsteps. Obedience to God’s word brings life, gives meaning to our work and leadership, and brings eternal blessing to us and others. Do you begin each day listening for God’s voice, eager to receive His direction, and then obey? Listen for His word, and do what He tells you today.

  • Leaders or Servants

    Devotionals | August 04, 2017

    The world focuses on the word ‘leader’ in contrast to the word ‘servant.’ Paul, Peter, James, Jude, and the early disciples saw themselves as servants and bondslaves of Jesus Christ. Their identities flowed from the deep, self-sacrificial love of Jesus shown toward them (and us) on the cross. Their lasting influence came from dedicating their lives to serve others in Jesus’ name. Where do you look for your identity? What motivates your leadership?

  • Right Where You Are

    Devotionals | August 02, 2017

    Stop. Look around you. This is the place where God wants you to lead like Jesus. Are you in your home? God wants you to surrender yourself and your day to Him, and to freely serve the people in your family with love. Are you at work? God has placed you here as a witness to the difference He makes in people’s lives. Are you sitting in a public space? The whole world is the Lord’s, and His heart beats for every person you see. Jesus’ desire was to do the Father’s will and finish His work. What about you?

  • Hidden Habits

    Devotionals | July 31, 2017

    Being faithful in small things doesn’t come naturally to many of us. The small steps of faithfulness are often taken in private, and come with no public recognition. These small steps, these habits of the heart—solitude, time in Scripture, confession, focused and humble prayer, listening for God’s direction, obedience—shape our motivations and beliefs. They bring a smile to the heart of God, and they turn our words about leading like Jesus into a living demonstration of His transforming presence and power. How faithful are you in practicing these hidden habits of the heart?

  • Who Cares

    Devotionals | July 28, 2017

    Others may not appreciate nor understand the need for prayer, even as they are experiencing God’s answers to our prayers for them. But we who lead like Jesus remember His prayers and sacrifice for us. We know that His work in our lives is often in spite of, rather than because of, our level of comprehension and cooperation. He meets us in grace, and continues to pour out His Spirit to equip, empower, and encourage us. Thus we, too, pray for and work on behalf of those in our spheres of influence, loving and serving them in Jesus’ name.  

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