Devotionals

  • Laser Focus

    Devotionals | September 27, 2017

    What has God given you to do? Who has God given you to serve? However you answer those questions, you can be assured that distractions will arise. The enemy does not want you to focus on what God has called you to do. He does not want God’s purpose and plan to be fulfilled, either in you, or in the lives of those around you. Whatever distractions would lure you away from fulfilling God’s call, make your aim singular: to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given you.

  • A New Season

    Devotionals | September 24, 2017

    Seasons change; it’s a fact of nature. Likewise, life, ministry, and leadership seasons are ever-changing. God places us where He needs us for a season—whether long or short—to accomplish His purpose in and through us. In each new season, He equips and empowers us to live and serve in Jesus’ name. What new season of leadership is God calling you to? Wherever it is, whatever it is, you can trust that He is good, and follow Him with confidence. 

  • Who Needs You

    Devotionals | September 22, 2017

    Who needs you to lead like Jesus today? Your sphere of influence may be large or small. It doesn’t matter. What matters is your faithfulness to lead like Jesus where He has placed you. In God’s kingdom, every person matters, and every act matters. Faithfulness in small matters is of eternal significance. Faithfulness in your relationship with God is the foundation for your influence in the lives of others. Who needs you to be faithful to God?

  • The Ultimate Expression

    Devotionals | September 20, 2017

    Who do we lift up today as examples of great leaders? Do our thoughts go beyond the current headlines, or those of the last century? Do we look for quantitative success? Lasting results? Personal character and integrity? Jesus is the ultimate expression of a serving leader. If you are looking for a leadership role model, look no further. Set your eyes on Jesus, and follow Him into this day. He will not lead you astray.

  • Lead Like Jesus Anyway

    Devotionals | September 18, 2017

    Peter is famous for making declarations, offering God suggestions, even rebuking Jesus. His question in John 13:6 reveals his consternation. As Jesus rises and begins to wash His disciples’ feet, Peter finally breaks the silence, expressing the whole group’s confusion. What Jesus is doing is so counter-cultural, they cannot imagine it, let alone understand it or offer to do it themselves. Leading like Jesus will often put us at odds with those around us, who cannot begin to imagine voluntarily taking the position of a servant. Lead like Jesus, anyway.

  • When We Don’t Know

    Devotionals | September 15, 2017

    Who looks to you for guidance? It is a big responsibility to know that others are depending on us to show them the way. Children or other family members may count on you to know what to say. Others may depend on your knowing just what to do in a crisis. Co-workers may depend on you to get the job done, regardless of the pressures or uncertainties involved. When we are at a loss as to how to respond, it’s good to know that we can depend on God to bring order out of chaos. As we lean into Him, He will lead the way for us, and for others.

  • In the Midst of Ongoing Pressure

    Devotionals | September 13, 2017

    Jesus experienced ongoing pressure throughout His ministry. It came at Him from many sides and multiple sources, even at times from those closest to Him. This pressure drove Him closer to the Father, not further away. He placed a high value on His times of solitude and prayer. He wanted to hear the Father’s voice above the voices clamoring for His attention. If we want to lead like Jesus, we also must prioritize our relationship with God.

  • Surprising Strength

    Devotionals | September 11, 2017

    Guests, unanticipated developments, storms—surprising news comes in many forms. Some we welcome as gifts from God; others call us to deeper dependence on Him. How we respond in these times calls us to consider where our security and strength is found. Unexpected (and unwelcome) circumstances challenge us to revisit the questions “whose am I?” and “who am I?” When we know that we belong to God and find our identity in Him, we discover surprising strength and resilience.

  • Listen Well, Lead Well

    Devotionals | September 08, 2017

    In our leadership roles, we may have the ability to call on people to do as we request, to give them tasks to accomplish, or entrust them with a message to deliver on our behalf. Their ability to do what we ask them to do—and to do so successfully—depends upon how carefully they listen to our words. It requires them to pay attention and seek to understand our will. How much more do we as God’s servants need to listen well to what He is saying to us! When He calls our name, when He comes to us and asks for our attention, how do we respond?

  • Help the Weak

    Devotionals | September 06, 2017

    Scripture repeatedly calls us to be an example to others: Jesus says that love for one another is to mark us as His disciples, James says that our actions reveal our faith, and Paul frequently calls believers to follow his example. The early church was known for its compassion and ministry to those who were weak and hurting. Are we? Serving others, especially those who are weak and outcast, requires commitment and perseverance. What are you doing to help those who are weak?

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