Devotionals

  • 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?

  • The Road to Exaltation

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    There is a longing to succeed within all of us, a desire to accomplish the dreams and visions God gives us. The accomplishment of great things comes from faithfully doing what is in front of us each step along the way. Where do you need to run with perseverance?

  • The Difference Prayer Makes

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    As leaders, we know the importance of having others pray for us. We know how we need wisdom, encouragement, and endurance to run the race God has set before us. Do we, in turn, pray for those around us and over us? What difference might it make in their leadership if we faithfully pray for them?

  • The Habits of Love

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    Jesus fully expressed the love of the Father toward us. He calls us to follow His example in loving God and loving others. Being Habits—accepting and abiding in God's love, experiencing solitude, practicing prayer, knowing and applying Scripture, and maintaining supportive relationships—help us live in a loving relationship with God. Doing Habits—obeying and expressing God's love, showing grace and forgiveness, encouraging others, and building community—help us live out God's love for others, at home or in the marketplace. Who is experiencing the love of God through you?

  • A Living Testimony

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    Leading like Jesus begins within us, with a personal transformation of heart, head, hands, and habits. Our changed lives become a living testimony to the difference that knowing and living in relationship with Jesus makes. Without this, our leadership words and actions are hollow at the core, no matter how much we say about serving others or how often we say the name of Jesus. Let Him transform you, inside and out.

    Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”—John 3:3

  • The Unlikely Leader

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    Moses is an example of a man who tried to lead in his own strength, knew the sting of failure and disgrace, and yet was used by God in a mighty way. Many of us know the sense of feeling inadequate, of knowing our own sins, pride, and fear too well to ever believe that God could redeem us and use us. May Moses' life remind us that God often chooses to work through unlikely people.

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