Articles | Heart

  • In Service of the King

    Devotionals | August 07, 2015

    Who do we serve? Whose goals, values, methods drive us? Scripture is clear that words alone are not sufficient evidence that we know God. Only as we deny ourselves and embrace God's purposes, God's plan, and God's principles will we see God's vision of reality come to pass. This is what Jesus was committed to, in word and in action. This was the focus of His whole life. Ask God what it would look like for you to exchange your goals, values, and methods for His. How will you live differently today because of what He is telling you?

  • Early Warning Signs

    Devotionals | July 24, 2015

    Are you familiar with the warning signs that fear is edging its way into your leadership? What about the signs of pride’s deadly influence? Initially, fear and pride find footholds in our hearts before corrupting our perspectives and showing up in our actions and attitudes. Comparison, competition, impatience, being overly critical, defending or promoting ourselves, isolation from others—these are telltale signs that we need to examine ourselves and seek God’s intervention. Where are fear and pride undermining your ability to lead like Jesus?

  • Stop, Look, and Listen!

    Devotionals | July 15, 2015

    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?

  • Free to Live

    Devotionals | July 03, 2015

    Our gift of freedom is not to be taken lightly. The truth is that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. Only Jesus sets us free. Through Jesus, we are free from condemnation, free to love, and free to serve. We are free to live, love, and lead like Jesus because Jesus Himself is alive in us. Celebrate His life, be transformed by His love, and lead by serving, as He does!

    To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”—John 8:31-32

  • Open to Correction

    Devotionals | July 01, 2015

    Responding to God’s correction requires humility and courage. The prophet Nathan was so impressed by all that God was doing through King David that he impulsively affirmed David’s future dreams. What kind of courage did it take to go back and admit that he had spoken without hearing from God? Where do you, like Nathan, need to receive God’s correction and, with courage and humility, do what God says?

  • Leading with Boldness

    Devotionals | June 22, 2015

    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 17, 2015

    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?

  • A Helper When We Fall

    Devotionals | June 08, 2015

    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.

  • What a Privilege!

    Devotionals | May 20, 2015

    What a privilege to be a child of God, a partner with Him in His work in the world, a follower and friend of Jesus His Son. What a privilege to know the fellowship of His Spirit, of His people, of trusted spiritual mentors and friends. What a privilege to hold His Word in our hands, to meditate on His truth, to have a firm foundation for life. What a privilege to be able to talk with the God of the Universe, to know He hears and answers when we seek Him. What a privilege to be able to model our lives and leadership after the One in whom there is no falsehood, no error, no missteps.

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