Devotionals

  • Exalting God Only: John the Baptist

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    The Bible gives us examples of many who heard the call to exalt God and serve others, some who paved the way for Jesus' coming, some who followed in His footsteps. For example, God greatly used John the Baptist to prepare the way for Jesus. As Jesus' ministry began to grow, John humbly stepped into the background, knowing that his work was complete. John's commitment was to exalting God, not himself.

  • Impact: Helping the Helpless

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    How are you using your life roles and organizational roles to make a difference in the lives of others? How are you using your voice to add value, increase understanding, and give a voice to those whose voice is not being heard? God's heart for helping those who could not help themselves motivated Him to send angels, prophets, Jesus, and the Spirit to our aid. Who is He sending you to today?

  • Performance Management

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    A leader's role includes managing the performance of others, whether at home or in organizational settings. We are responsible to help others understand what they need to do and to coach them in performing well. We all long to do well, to contribute, and to know how they can improve. On the basis of this universal longing, we can look for God-given opportunities to encourage others. What are you doing to help others find significance, develop needed skills, and achieve satisfying results?

  • A New Perspective

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    Leading like Jesus is counterintuitive to the world's way of thinking. Just as Paul had to take time to integrate his encounter with Jesus into his previously existing worldview, so we need to take time to integrate Jesus' perspective into our leadership thinking and practices. As His people, we have constant, direct access to the Father through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Come to Him with your current leadership challenges and get His perspective.

  • Faith to Begin

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    Sometimes we face a leadership challenge that looms so large we can't think of where or how to begin. Whether the work is an exciting opportunity or a threatening problem, the Spirit nudges us to turn to God. God longs to be part of our beginnings, part of our solutions, part of our planning. As we turn to Him, He will give us His perspective and empower us to begin in faith, trusting that He will lead the way. Leading like Jesus always begins with asking Him to lead us.

  • Radical Reevaluation

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    Our world tends to assign great value to fleeting things—wealth, popularity, position, possessions, accomplishment, approval ratings. Yet each one of these has been found wanting, leading us to crave more rather than truly fulfilling the deepest longings inside of us. Fulfillment, purpose, and satisfaction are found only in Jesus Christ, who radically transforms our values and focuses us on the eternal rather than the temporary. Where does He want to transform your perspective today?

  • When the Path Is Long

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    What is your primary leadership role? Where do you need to show up each day, giving the best of your time and energy to live, love, and lead like Jesus? God is interested in every part of our lives. As we depend on Him, He will pour His strength and wisdom into us, and help us persevere.

  • An Example to Follow

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    People are looking for role models. They want their lives to count, to make a difference in the world. Lead Like Jesus looks to Jesus as the ultimate role model for leadership. Who has shown greater commitment to a cause than Jesus? Who has shown greater integrity than Jesus? Who has done more for others than Jesus? Who has made a bigger difference in the world than Jesus? As we follow Jesus, the Father empowers us to be living role models and make a lasting difference. Who do you model your life after?

  • A Path to Restoring Trust

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    As men and women who want to lead like Jesus, how do we handle our mistakes? We consistently and humbly seek God's evaluation of our words and actions. We recommit to living according to His Word and by humble dependence on His Spirit. We personally acknowledge our responsibility to those who have been impacted by our wrong choices and ask for their forgiveness. We do what is needed to restore trust. As we do so, we model humility and build renewed trust with others.

  • Heart Check: Despair

    Devotionals | March 20, 2015

    The writer of Ecclesiastes leads us on a journey of evaluating the significance of life and work. Asking "What's in it for me?" leads him to despair. Despair blinds him to asking more important questions like "Whose am I? What has God called me to do? How can I exalt God through my life?" Don't let despair blind you to the presence and purposes of God. Let it drive you to seek Him and His perspective, so that you can rise to serve Him.

    So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun.—Ecclesiastes 2:20

     

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