Devotionals

  • Two Kinds of Habits

    Devotionals | August 17, 2015

    Lead Like Jesus emphasizes two kinds of habits - habits of being and habits of doing. Each is important. Practicing the being habits supports ongoing personal transformation, keeping our hearts humble before God and open to His Spirit’s leading. These spiritual disciplines shape our leadership motivation, point-of-view, and the way we deal with others. As a result, the Spirit increasingly shapes our reactions and responses so that we find ourselves more naturally reflecting Jesus’ leadership style.

  • Back to the Present

    Devotionals | August 14, 2015

    Some people are prone to dwell in the past, reflecting on and rehashing the successes and failures of earlier days. Some are forever dreaming of the future, reflecting on and rehearsing how it will be someday soon. To lead like Jesus involves learning from the past as God draws us into the future. Lessons from the past can enhance our vision, goals, strategies, and tactics. Seek God’s perspective on the past, present, and future, so that you can lead like Jesus today. Where do you need to respond to Jesus in faith by leading as He would today?

  • Confident Assurance

    Devotionals | August 12, 2015

    Paul was certain of God's call in his life, even as he wrote from a place of imprisonment. When we know who we are in Christ Jesus, our circumstances may shape the out working of our calling, but they do not keep us from accomplishing all that God wants to do through us. Due to his imprisonment, rather than simply traveling and speaking in person to churches, Paul wrote letters that have since become part of the New Testament. His commitment in adversity has blessed millions through the millennia. 

  • A New Normal

    Devotionals | August 10, 2015

    Jesus calls us to a new normal, a new way of living and leading, one that reflects the reality of His calling and the transforming power of His Spirit. No longer are we to follow the world’s patterns, allowing culture to dictate our perspective and practices. Instead, God wants to permanently realign our thinking and behavior so that leading like Jesus becomes a normal part of how we live. Do you want the normal, everyday pattern of your life to reflect Jesus to others?

  • 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?

  • Whatever

    Devotionals | August 05, 2015

    ‘Whatever’ is one of those words we hear and say in general ways. Often, it is used in a derogatory sense to criticize another person or to dismiss what people say. Paul uses it very differently from modern culture. He uses ‘whatever’ in the sense of everything. Everything in our lives, He says, is to reflect the reality of the transforming power and presence of our Lord Jesus. Jesus, the first disciples, and the writers of the New Testament would agree with him. Jesus comes to redeem every aspect of our lives. Whatever you do today, remember that you represent Jesus to the world.

  • Words of Value

    Devotionals | August 03, 2015

    What if we valued people around us for who they are? What if we accorded people with the same dignity and respect God has showered on us? What if we saw in them the image of God? As we talk with people or tell others about them, what if we affirmed the impact their contributions (real or potential) make? How would making these 'what ifs' a reality transform their lives, your relationships, and the world around you? Who can you love, serve, and affirm today? How can you use your words to make a positive difference in someone else’s life today?

  • Devoted to Prayer

    Devotionals | July 31, 2015

    Prayer is not only a habit that sustains us as we lead like Jesus; prayer is one of the most important ways that we can influence others. When we pray for those we lead, we are speaking to the One who has the ability to meet them at their point of need. By praying for them, we are inviting God’s influence, His wisdom, strength, and encouragement, into their lives. Who is God prompting you to pray for? Will you join Him in the work He wants to do in shaping them to live, love, and lead like Jesus?

    Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.—Colossians 4:2

  • Thirsting for Encouragement

    Devotionals | July 29, 2015

    Where do you look for encouragement, especially in tough times when everyone is looking to you as the leader to keep a positive outlook? In times that test our faith and convictions, we need to know that we are where God has placed us, doing what He has called us to do, depending on Him every step of the way. As we seek to follow Him, He will show us the path He has for us and give us the encouragement we thirst for. Seek His face today.

  • Knowing When to Speak

    Devotionals | July 27, 2015

    A hallmark of Jesus’ leadership was that He always seemed to have the right words at the right time. He didn’t speak too much or too little, nor hold back when it was time to speak up. His words of wisdom brought light and life to His hearers. What can be said about your words?

     “For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”—John 12:49-50

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