• Liar or Lover

    Devotionals | November 06, 2017

    Love for one another is a serious matter to God. Jesus commanded His disciples to love one another with the same selfless, sacrificial love that He had shown for them. This was no easy command for believers in a society deeply divided along Jewish and Gentile lines. As brothers and sisters in Jesus, their love for one another reflected the transformation that God was working in them. Love is essential if you want to lead like Jesus. You cannot love God and continue to hate His children.

  • For or With

    Devotionals | November 03, 2017

    Do you ever find yourself working ‘for’ God’s approval instead of working ‘with’ God? A performance mindset flows from pride and fear, continually fostering pride and fear in our hearts. Accepting and abiding in God’s love is an essential practice if we are to break the pride and fear cycle. As His love abides in us and we abide in His love, we are increasingly able to trust His love and find joy in loving Him. Instead of working ‘for’ God we find that we are free to join Him in the work He is already doing in the world.

  • A Leader’s Privilege

    Devotionals | November 01, 2017

    What privileges are yours as a leader? A worldly point of view counts leadership privilege in terms of personal benefit. A heavenly perspective understands our privilege to be partnering with God in His redemptive purpose in the world. We follow Jesus and choose to lead by serving so that others have an opportunity to experience the goodness and grace of God. As His ambassadors, He has sent us to be the hands and feet of Jesus in every sphere of life. Embrace your privilege and calling—lead like Jesus today!

  • Encountering Jesus

    Devotionals | October 30, 2017

    What life-changing moments have shaped your life and leadership? Was there a person or situation that shaped how you think about what it means to be a leader or what it looks like to lead others? Perhaps someone displayed a real interest in you and your potential. Perhaps someone challenged you to live differently or encouraged you to develop yourself in some way. Perhaps a moment of failure caused you to realize you needed to change. When did you hear Jesus’ call to lead by serving? What difference has encountering Jesus made in your leadership?

  • In Light of God

    Devotionals | October 27, 2017

    From a human perspective, our challenges can appear overwhelming at times. Seen in light of God’s goodness, sovereignty, and power, though, challenges can become holy ground. Scripture teaches us to enter prayer with a reverent awareness of God’s presence and character, and to bring our prayers and petitions to God, along with thanksgiving. As thanksgiving tunes our hearts to God’s worth and goodness, our hearts grow in humility and God-confidence.

  • Abandoning Self-Confidence

    Devotionals | October 25, 2017

    When our confidence is in ourselves, our results are limited to what we alone can accomplish. Even the highest level of human competence, wisdom, and experience pales in comparison to God’s. When our confidence is in God, we can experience God-sized, God-shaped results. As we admit our need for His intervention and ask Him to equip us to accomplish what lies before us, He does what only He can do. Where do you need to abandon self-confidence and exchange it for God-confidence?

  • Jesus-like Humility

    Devotionals | October 23, 2017

    Humility has a bad reputation in many circles of leadership, even among some Christians. Yet in Jesus we see the ultimate picture of true humility as He humbles Himself to come and, at the cost of His life, serve those whose very existence depends upon Him. Jesus-like humility is characterized by selfless service and sacrificial obedience. Does your life and leadership reflect Jesus-like humility or self-exalting pride?

  • Seasons of Influence

    Devotionals | October 20, 2017

    Seasons of influence come and go. Children are with us for a short time. Friends come into our lives, some to stay, some for a season. Students complete their programs of study before moving into new seasons of life. People change jobs or move to different parts of the world. Jesus Himself was with His disciples for only a short time before His mission on earth was completed. Take advantage of the seasons of influence you currently have. Build into the lives of those God brings across your path today.

  • Steadfast

    Devotionals | October 18, 2017

    Jesus could steadfastly pursue God’s agenda despite ongoing obstacles. He overcame the devil’s testing. He persevered even when His family and disciples misunderstood His passion and plan. Neither internal disputes among the disciples nor external opposition derailed Him. He remained fixed on the goal of exalting God only through His life. His life shows us the importance of beginning our leadership at the level of our personal relationship with God, with an understanding of whose we are and who we are.

  • Not Like the Rulers of This World

    Devotionals | October 16, 2017

    Jesus draws a vivid contrast between the way the world’s rulers lead and the leadership He expects from His disciples. It would never have occurred to Jesus to consult Pilate or Herod or Caesar for leadership advice. Their purposes, values, and perspective were the exact opposite of God’s. They were not interested in sacrificially loving or serving those they led. But that was exactly Jesus’ perspective, and the model He gives us. The contrast could not be more dramatic. What is your leadership perspective? Do you rule over or bend to serve those who look to you?