• Gathering Strength

    Devotionals | March 14, 2018

    Jesus’ life shows us the importance of renewing our hearts and minds to strengthen ourselves to lead like He did. His lifestyle included a prayer life that caused His disciples to ask Him to teach them how to pray, amazing people with His deep understanding of Scripture and applying its wisdom to life and withdrawing to spend time with the Father or with His disciples. These habits strengthened Him as a leader. What habits strengthen you to lead like Jesus?

  • A Leader's Trust

    Devotionals | March 12, 2018

    The nature of living in a fallen world means that we will frequently be tempted to lead out of pride and fear. Whatever the source of our temptation—personal struggles, challenges involving other people, or changing circumstances and opposition—we always have the choice to once again renew our trust in God and ask Him to transform our leadership. Jesus urges us to trust ourselves to the Father’s care, to live one day at a time with a focus on kingdom priorities, just as He did. As we do, our words and actions will increasingly reflect humility and God-confidence.

  • What God's Word Says

    Devotionals | March 09, 2018

    Much can be said about the Bible, but perhaps the most significant thing is that it is God’s Word. In it we glimpse the very mind of God, and it leads those of us who meditate on it to Jesus. More than that, it equips us as servants of the living God. Look to the words and wisdom of Scripture as you lead today.

  • Choose God

    Devotionals | March 07, 2018

    Many choices lay before you today. Some are big, some small. Some will require little to no thought, while others will require conscious deliberation. One overarching decision will impact all the others. Make the choice now to choose God. Set your heart on seeking His perspective and leading. Ask Him to be foremost in your heart and mind throughout the day. Make it your intention to follow His leading with every person and situation you encounter.

  • I, Me, and Mine

    Devotionals | March 05, 2018

    How often do you find yourself using the words I, me, and mine during the day? When these words dominate our thinking and conversation, it can be a warning sign that we are being driven by self-centered pride and fear. On the other hand, have you noticed that each step of Lead Like Jesus EGO’s Anonymous 12-Step Process begins with I? Listen for how you use the words I, me, and mine. Do you use them to claim privilege or to humbly, God-confidently accept responsibility and choose to lead like Jesus?

  • Starting Point

    Devotionals | March 02, 2018

    Leading others begins with rightly leading ourselves. How could it be any other way? Hence the importance of spending time alone with Jesus to prepare ourselves to lead. As we bring ourselves to the Lord, He reshapes our motivations and perspective on life; our words and actions and habits begin to reflect His values and priorities. This is the starting point for any and all influence we have with others. If you desire to be influential in the lives of others, start by investing in your relationship with God. Allow Him to shape you into a leader who leads others well.

  • Tempted to Compare

    Devotionals | February 28, 2018

    None of us are immune to the temptations of pride and fear. As Peter walked with Jesus after being freshly commissioned by Him—with Jesus’ words “Follow me!” still ringing in his ears—Peter turned to compare himself with another disciple. Was Peter’s question prompted by fear in light of Jesus’ warning about the suffering his service would entail? Did it spring from pride in being commissioned by Jesus Himself? What about you? Where are you tempted to compare yourself with others? Where is Jesus calling you to follow Him?

  • Virtues in Action

    Devotionals | February 26, 2018

    Paul urges believers to let their relationships with one another be characterized by Jesus-like virtues: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, bearing with one another and forgiveness (Col. 3:12-13). As vital as practicing each of these virtues is to building Jesus-like relationships, one virtue stands supreme: love. Love, also, must be consciously chosen and actively put into practice. In all of this, we follow Jesus, our leader. As Jesus chose the path of love, so we consciously choose to live as new creations in Him and reflect Him in our relationships with others.

  • Self-Control

    Devotionals | February 23, 2018

    The temptation to take shortcuts, to pull a power play and bend to the world’s methods “just this once,” can gain a foothold in our motives under pressure. When this temptation arises, it can take all the self-control we can muster to keep our hearts fixed on Jesus. Paul reminds us that the source of humble, God-honoring self-control is the Spirit. It is this type of Spirit-empowered self-control that Jesus demonstrated throughout His life, especially as pressure mounted against Him. What pressures are you facing?

  • God-Grounded Confidence

    Devotionals | February 21, 2018

    In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, he spends time defending his apostleship and ministry. Regardless of what people had to say about him, Paul (like Jesus) knew whose he was and who he was. He knew what God had called him to do, and he pursued it vigorously in the face of opposition. What about you? Do you know what God has called you to do? Is your confidence grounded in yourself and your own abilities or in the person and power of God at work in and through you?