Devotionals

  • Walk in Wisdom

    Devotionals | May 22, 2017

    The writer of Proverbs repeatedly emphasizes that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. It is his central thesis for writing. He extols the excellence of the wisdom that God offers, and reflects upon the benefits of seeking God’s wisdom. He warns of the folly of dismissing or ignoring God’s wisdom in our lives. To whole-heartedly embrace God’s wisdom brings life; we ignore it to our detriment. Walk in wisdom today and find life.

    Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe. —Proverbs 28:26

  • Persistent and Audacious Prayer

    Devotionals | May 19, 2017

    God invites us to cast all our anxiety on Him. Are you anxious about anything? Give it to Him. Persistently seek His face. Ask Him to do what only He can do—in you, in others, in situations that are impossible aside from His intervention. Look for Him to act. Trust that He listens, cares, and will respond. God’s Word offers story after story of people who looked to Him and found Him faithful. Follow their lead. What are you praying for today? Who do you need God to be in your life and in the lives of those around you?

  • Born Again

    Devotionals | May 17, 2017

    Learning to lead like Jesus is a spiritual journey, and as such, it requires supernatural power. That power is found in a change of heart so all-encompassing that Jesus likens it to being born anew. Heart transformation is God’s work, a deep inner work initiated and sustained by His Spirit at work within us. As we give ourselves over to Him and allow God to remake us in the image of Jesus, it increasingly results in changed ways of thinking, living, and interacting with others.

  • Either Or

    Devotionals | May 15, 2017

    Jesus rejected the reigning worldview of His day, choosing to humbly serve instead of wielding authority and power, saving people instead of judging them. He chose love over hate, humility over pride, giving over receiving, and self-sacrifice over worship. He rejected wooing the masses through charismatic oratory and self-promotion, choosing instead to invest His life into a few individuals who would embody His message and His Spirit. His approach baffled many, but brought life to those who received it. For what are you giving your life? What values shape your life and leadership?

  • Reflect and Assess

    Devotionals | May 12, 2017

    Spirit-led reflection is essential for leaders who want to lead like Jesus. Jesus modeled the way for us. He regularly spent time in prayer with the Father before the day began, getting His Father’s perspective on life. As the demands of ministry increased, He spent even more time in prayer. Just before going to the cross, He took time with the Father to review His purpose and the results of His ministry. We follow His example when we prayerfully reflect on how we are living as His disciples.

  • Traveling Companions

    Devotionals | May 10, 2017

    Finding others to travel alongside us in life is typical of all of us, introvert or extrovert. Jesus had a large group of disciples who followed him, twelve of whom He named apostles, with three becoming His closest companions. Their life together consisted of getting to know Jesus, building relationships with one another, seeking God together, and serving others in His name. It resulted in a growing understanding of who Jesus was and who they were in relationship to Him, one another, and the world. Who do you travel the Lead like Jesus journey with?

  • A Straight Course

    Devotionals | May 08, 2017

    Leading like Jesus is a lifelong journey. On the way, we may at times lose our focus on the guiding principles and practices modeled by Jesus. Our desire for heart transformation may wane as we face resistance, or the pull of old habits. Pride and fear may edge out godly humility and confidence. The demands of daily life may distract us from maintaining a consistent focus on Jesus. Oddly enough, familiarity and success can also cause our focus to waver. Where are you easily distracted from the course Jesus has laid out for us as disciples? What helps you stay the course?

  • Daily Graces

    Devotionals | May 05, 2017

    We pray for God to do big things in our lives and the lives of those around us. We want to see Him act—quickly, dramatically, demonstrably. Yet God’s ways are often hidden, especially to a world that demands the miraculous. Do we have eyes to see, and hands to receive, the daily graces He offers? How aware are we of the inner working of His Spirit in us and others? How intently do we desire Him to reshape us into the image of Christ, one practice, one thought, one interaction at a time? 

  • Do You Hear Him

    Devotionals | May 03, 2017

    Servants have one responsibility, to keep their ear tuned to the voice of the master, so that they can do what the master says. James warns us that hearing without obeying is a dead-end street; it does not lead to life. God’s purposes for us are to give us life, and through us, to spread His life-giving life to others. As leaders, our hearts, heads, hands, and habits need to be aligned with God if we are to reflect Jesus to a broken world. Are you listening for God’s voice as you pray and meditate on Scripture? Do you hear Him? What is His word for you today?

  • Worship While You Wait

    Devotionals | May 01, 2017

    What are you waiting for? Waiting is a fact of life, as we all know. We wait on God, we wait on others, we wait on opportunities to open up, for circumstances and situations to come to pass. If we wait like Jesus, we do not wait passively. Paul and Silas understood this. Bound in chains, waiting for what the morning would bring, they prayed and sang hymns of praise. Their witness, even in the midst of suffering and waiting for the unknown, exalted God and brought others to faith.

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