Articles | March 2015

  • It Isn’t About Giving In

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    To those who would say that choosing to serve others means giving in to anything they want, we need only point to how Jesus responded to James's and John's mother. She did not know what she was asking, but Jesus did. He knew that she (and the other disciples) understood leadership to be about power and prestige. He took advantage of her request to model and clarify that Jesus-like leadership is about serving others.  How can you leverage misunderstanding and teach others about leadership from Jesus' perspective today?

  • The Road to Exaltation

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    There is a longing to succeed within all of us, a desire to accomplish the dreams and visions God gives us. The accomplishment of great things comes from faithfully doing what is in front of us each step along the way. Where do you need to run with perseverance?

  • The Difference Prayer Makes

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    As leaders, we know the importance of having others pray for us. We know how we need wisdom, encouragement, and endurance to run the race God has set before us. Do we, in turn, pray for those around us and over us? What difference might it make in their leadership if we faithfully pray for them?

  • The Habits of Love

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    Jesus fully expressed the love of the Father toward us. He calls us to follow His example in loving God and loving others. Being Habits—accepting and abiding in God's love, experiencing solitude, practicing prayer, knowing and applying Scripture, and maintaining supportive relationships—help us live in a loving relationship with God. Doing Habits—obeying and expressing God's love, showing grace and forgiveness, encouraging others, and building community—help us live out God's love for others, at home or in the marketplace. Who is experiencing the love of God through you?

  • A Living Testimony

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    Leading like Jesus begins within us, with a personal transformation of heart, head, hands, and habits. Our changed lives become a living testimony to the difference that knowing and living in relationship with Jesus makes. Without this, our leadership words and actions are hollow at the core, no matter how much we say about serving others or how often we say the name of Jesus. Let Him transform you, inside and out.

    Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”—John 3:3

  • The Unlikely Leader

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    Moses is an example of a man who tried to lead in his own strength, knew the sting of failure and disgrace, and yet was used by God in a mighty way. Many of us know the sense of feeling inadequate, of knowing our own sins, pride, and fear too well to ever believe that God could redeem us and use us. May Moses' life remind us that God often chooses to work through unlikely people.

  • Exalting God Only: John the Baptist

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    The Bible gives us examples of many who heard the call to exalt God and serve others, some who paved the way for Jesus' coming, some who followed in His footsteps. For example, God greatly used John the Baptist to prepare the way for Jesus. As Jesus' ministry began to grow, John humbly stepped into the background, knowing that his work was complete. John's commitment was to exalting God, not himself.

  • Impact: Helping the Helpless

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    How are you using your life roles and organizational roles to make a difference in the lives of others? How are you using your voice to add value, increase understanding, and give a voice to those whose voice is not being heard? God's heart for helping those who could not help themselves motivated Him to send angels, prophets, Jesus, and the Spirit to our aid. Who is He sending you to today?

  • Performance Management

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    A leader's role includes managing the performance of others, whether at home or in organizational settings. We are responsible to help others understand what they need to do and to coach them in performing well. We all long to do well, to contribute, and to know how they can improve. On the basis of this universal longing, we can look for God-given opportunities to encourage others. What are you doing to help others find significance, develop needed skills, and achieve satisfying results?

  • A New Perspective

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    Leading like Jesus is counterintuitive to the world's way of thinking. Just as Paul had to take time to integrate his encounter with Jesus into his previously existing worldview, so we need to take time to integrate Jesus' perspective into our leadership thinking and practices. As His people, we have constant, direct access to the Father through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Come to Him with your current leadership challenges and get His perspective.

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