Devotionals

  • Followers First, Leaders Second

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    It can be easy to forget, especially if we hold formal leadership positions, that being a leader is not our identity or calling. We are first children of God, called to follow Jesus. Only as we live into our identity and calling in Jesus will we be able to lead like Him. We must never mistake ourselves as the leader of our own lives; Jesus is the leader who lives within us, the One whom we follow. Let Him lead you into your day.

  • Use or Misuse of Power

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    Human leaders who lead from a sense of power tend to issue orders, expecting those orders to be obeyed by subordinates without question. Isn't it interesting that Jesus, who had ultimate power and authority, chose to lead His followers not from a sense of power but from the basis of humility and love? His power was displayed against evil. But with His followers, He led from relationship, using His power to serve them with life-giving words and acts of service on their behalf. What motivates your words and actions, the world's power-driven model of leadership or Jesus' servant model?

  • Transformed by Suffering

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    St. Patrick followed in the footsteps of Joseph and Daniel, being shaped as a leader by a period of enslavement and confinement. Over and over again, we see God using suffering to refine people. He uses trials as a call to seek Him more deeply. As we open ourselves to learn the lessons He has for us in struggle and suffering, we are transformed into men and women who lead in humility and God-confidence.

  • Approved by God

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    One of the ways we edge God out is by seeking human approval rather than God's approval. The choice isn't always readily apparent. In seeking to do a good job and represent God well, we can start to equate other people's approval with God's approval. Or we can disregard other's input to the extent that we do not discern the guidance God wants to give us through them. God urges us to spend time in Scripture, prayer, and reflection to seek His wisdom.

  • God Wants You to Know

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    Does it strike you as odd that God chooses to communicate to the extent that He does? Perhaps our human experience with isolated and insulated leaders keeps us from taking advantage of our free access to God and His wisdom. God has made Himself accessible to each one of us, both through Scripture, where we can see Him at work and learn about His character and perspective, and through His Spirit, who lives within us, personally communicating with us. What does God want to communicate to you today? Are you listening?

  • A Life-changing Encounter: Peter

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    Can you imagine what Peter's life would have been like if he had not followed Jesus? What if he had stopped following Jesus at the point of denying Him? What if he had not come to the end of himself, realizing that he could not follow Jesus in his own strength? What if he had not accepted Jesus' forgiveness and re-commissioning? What if he had not allowed the Spirit to enlarge his understanding of who could be part of the kingdom? Don't stop short of all that God wants to teach you in leading like Jesus!

  • A Sacred Trust

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    How would you approach your leadership responsibilities differently if you saw them as God-given? Would you spend more time praying about the decisions and interactions of each day? Would you treat people differently? Would you be more ethical in your dealings? What difference does it make to consider that God has placed you where you are as His representative? Your leadership point of view influences your vision, mission, and values, and ultimately your actions and attitude. Let God transform your perspective today.

  • Leaders Are Learners

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    "Leaders are learners," we hear constantly. Learning is a matter of acquiring new insight and expertise by seeking out knowledge and putting it into practice appropriately. We can learn through consulting experts and through reflecting on life experience. Where do you need to grow? Do you need to increase your knowledge base or hone your job-related skills? Do you need to improve your relational or leadership ability? We are learning to lead like Jesus, not for our own sake, but for the benefit of those we serve and the kingdom of God.

  • The Difference God Makes

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    God's ability to make a difference in us doesn't simply end with us. Ever-widening spheres of influence are created through one changed life. God is increasingly honored and exalted as He transforms our perspective on leadership, increases the trust factor in our relationships, builds community around a common purpose, and creates a different culture. Let Him use you today.

  • It Isn’t About Giving In

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    To those who would say that choosing to serve others means giving in to anything they want, we need only point to how Jesus responded to James's and John's mother. She did not know what she was asking, but Jesus did. He knew that she (and the other disciples) understood leadership to be about power and prestige. He took advantage of her request to model and clarify that Jesus-like leadership is about serving others.  How can you leverage misunderstanding and teach others about leadership from Jesus' perspective today?

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