Devotionals

  • 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.

  • Loved By the Father

    Devotionals | June 19, 2015

    How much does our Heavenly Father love us? So much that He sent His one and only Son for us. Consider the sacrifice He willingly made on our behalf! When human fathers reflect God’s unconditional love into their families, families and generations are transformed. Pray for the fathers in your life and community. Pray for them to receive and abide in God’s love. Pray for them to invite His Spirit to transform them and the way they love and lead their families.

  • 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?

  • It's Our Choice

    Devotionals | June 15, 2015

    Each of us has a choice as to where and how we invest our lives. We choose what kind of difference to make in other people’s lives. We choose whether to make God’s priorities our own. We choose to trust God and follow His leading in our challenging circumstances, or we choose the world’s ways. Moment by moment, we have the choice to live, love, and lead like Jesus. What will you choose today?

  • Leading the Unwilling

    Devotionals | June 12, 2015

    How do we respond when people resist direction and insist on going their own way? No matter our leadership role, we all will face times when others do not agree with the direction we are moving. In these difficult situations, we are responsible to keep a close watch on our leadership motivations and actions. Jesus calls us to speak the truth in love, even when others do not respond as we desire.

  • Seeing Like Jesus

    Devotionals | June 10, 2015

    Everywhere Jesus went, He saw through the Father’s eyes. He saw people with pressing needs, religious leaders who needed to refocus on God’s priorities, and disciples who needed to be trained. More importantly, Jesus saw what the Father was doing in sending Him into the world. This prompted Him to speak words of truth, hope, guidance, and correction, to act with compassion and courage, and to press forward with His God-given mission. What do you see the Father doing? Who and what does He want you to see today? How does He want you to respond to what you see?

  • 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.

  • Loving Like Jesus

    Devotionals | June 05, 2015

    Grace, forgiveness, community, and encouragement are expressions of God’s love poured out to us. Stop and think: What difference do these expressions of His love make in your life? Who would you be without His love? Who are you becoming because of His love? How are you relating to others differently because of how you have experienced His love? Jesus had one overriding commandment for His disciples, that they would love one another as He had loved them.

  • Family Matters

    Devotionals | June 03, 2015

    After personally leading a successful campaign to return the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, David “returned home to bless his family” (1 Chron. 16:43). Jesus, in the midst of His suffering on the cross, becoming the means of forgiveness for the sin of the whole world, gave His mother Mary into the care of the disciple whom He loved (Jn. 19:26-27). Are we as focused on living, loving, and leading like Jesus in our family relationships as we are in professional or ministry roles? Jesus clearly was.

  • Seasons of Rest

    Devotionals | June 01, 2015

    David paints a picture of rest and refreshment in Psalm 23:1-2. We can imagine ourselves in the green pastures, see the sunlight glinting off the rippling water, and sense the shepherd nearby. Just a few phrases later, David speaks of dark valleys, lurking pressures and enemies, yet he finds comfort and courage in the Lord’s guidance, presence, and goodness. Seasons of rest are God’s provision to strengthen us for the challenging work of leading like Jesus. Take advantage of the seasons of rest He gives you, then renewed and refreshed, rise to lead, knowing that He goes with you.

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