• Seasons of Influence

    Devotionals | October 20, 2017

    Seasons of influence come and go. Children are with us for a short time. Friends come into our lives, some to stay, some for a season. Students complete their programs of study before moving into new seasons of life. People change jobs or move to different parts of the world. Jesus Himself was with His disciples for only a short time before His mission on earth was completed. Take advantage of the seasons of influence you currently have. Build into the lives of those God brings across your path today.

  • Steadfast

    Devotionals | October 18, 2017

    Jesus could steadfastly pursue God’s agenda despite ongoing obstacles. He overcame the devil’s testing. He persevered even when His family and disciples misunderstood His passion and plan. Neither internal disputes among the disciples nor external opposition derailed Him. He remained fixed on the goal of exalting God only through His life. His life shows us the importance of beginning our leadership at the level of our personal relationship with God, with an understanding of whose we are and who we are.

  • Not Like the Rulers of This World

    Devotionals | October 16, 2017

    Jesus draws a vivid contrast between the way the world’s rulers lead and the leadership He expects from His disciples. It would never have occurred to Jesus to consult Pilate or Herod or Caesar for leadership advice. Their purposes, values, and perspective were the exact opposite of God’s. They were not interested in sacrificially loving or serving those they led. But that was exactly Jesus’ perspective, and the model He gives us. The contrast could not be more dramatic. What is your leadership perspective? Do you rule over or bend to serve those who look to you?

  • Habits of Life

    Devotionals | October 13, 2017

    The Being Habits are essential practices for the person who wants to live, lead, and love like Jesus. God reshapes our motivations and perspective as we abide in His unconditional love and spend time in solitude, Scripture, prayer, and community. Note that simply practicing the habits is not the goal; they are tools that bring us into the transforming presence of the living God. Ask God to transform you as you use the Being Habits to deepen your relationship with Him.

  • Unexpected News

    Devotionals | October 11, 2017

    The disciples received unexpected news from Jesus at their final Passover meal together: “I am going away, and you can’t come.” Although He had told them about His coming death, they didn’t understand what He was saying, and they had no idea the time had come. Why was He talking like this? Why would He abandon them? It didn’t make any sense. But Jesus didn’t ask them to understand; He asked them to trust. Where is He telling you to trust Him?

    Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. —John 14:1 (NLT)

  • The Difference Love Makes

    Devotionals | October 09, 2017

    Consider the difference love makes. Simon became Peter, Saul became Paul, a “Son of Thunder” became “the disciple whom Jesus loved,” and Jesus’ unbelieving brother became the head of the church in Jerusalem. All were unlikely candidates at the beginning. What was it that changed their lives? How did it happen? They came to know the love of Jesus, the relentless, unconditional, selfless, sacrificial, life-giving love of God, love that exposed their pettiness and greed and selfishness, love that tore down their defenses, and remade them in His image. What difference does love make?

  • And God Said

    Devotionals | October 06, 2017

    Genesis 1 is remarkable in many ways, not the least of which is God’s ability to speak new things into being. All of us have wished that we could do the same. When we want to see our vision become reality, we would like to echo God’s words, “let there be,” and immediately see magnificent results. Lead like Jesus reminds us that change is a process. First, we ourselves seek and embrace God’s vision, mission, and perspective, and begin to live it out. As leaders, we serve others as they learn to do the same.

  • Not with Words or Speech

    Devotionals | October 04, 2017

    Sometimes people think that leading others involves telling them what to do. But leading involves more than speaking; it involves doing. God knew this. It’s why Jesus came. The Word of God took on flesh; the One who spoke the world into being, became one of us, and lived among us. He shared our struggles, He shared life with us, and He shared the love of God with us. He offered us forgiveness and grace as He taught us what it looks like to love broken people and serve them in God’s name.

  • Fueled by Love

    Devotionals | October 02, 2017

    The world uses anger, impatience, judgment, and fear to change people and situations. Such tactics may yield temporary, outward conformity, but they are worthless when it comes to transforming hearts, minds, and lives. Jesus demonstrates a different way to make a lasting difference in people’s lives: He chose to live a life of love. Jesus’ love fueled His resolve to do whatever it took to accomplish His mission. Love issued forth in patient instruction, strengthened resolve, courageous stances, compassionate acts, and selfless service.

  • Follow Jesus

    Devotionals | September 29, 2017

    Leading like Jesus is not a philosophy or strategy that can simply be adopted and implemented at will. Leading like Jesus begins with following Jesus, and following Jesus involves having a personal relationship with Him. That relationship begins with an introduction. It grows increasingly intimate as we reorient our lives around spending time in His presence, so that we learn to recognize the sound of His voice, and follow where He leads. As our lives are influenced by Jesus, we begin to reflect Him in our leadership.