• Gone Before

    Devotionals | May 29, 2017

    Scripture tells us about the lives of men and women who have gone before us. Names like Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Ruth, David, Mary, Joseph, and Paul represent countless men and women whose lives were characterized by trust in God. They live on as role models for us today. Like the church throughout the ages, they found God’s call to be worth giving their lives for. Whose example inspires you to live for God’s glory and the good of others?

  • Forward in Faith

    Devotionals | May 26, 2017

    The early disciples and apostles proclaimed the name of Jesus in the midst of a hostile culture. Jewish religious leaders, Roman rulers, adherents of emperor worship and other religions, business owners, and fellow citizens opposed them. Despite this, Peter, John, James, Paul, and others stayed the course as slaves of Jesus, commissioned by Him, compelled by the Spirit to live and teach His message of truth and love. Leading like Jesus—loving one’s enemies, rejecting leading by force, choosing to humbly serve God and others—is still counter-cultural.

  • In Light of That Day

    Devotionals | May 24, 2017

    Jesus speaks of the worthlessness of temporary earthly gain when it comes at the cost of failing to love God and others. To lead like Jesus means that God alone is our audience, the one whom we live to please above all others. In Jesus, we have eternal gain. He looks for those who will give up all to follow Him, and faithfully entrust themselves to God. One day we will stand in His presence and see Him face to face. Live today with an undivided heart in light of that day.

  • Walk in Wisdom

    Devotionals | May 22, 2017

    The writer of Proverbs repeatedly emphasizes that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. It is his central thesis for writing. He extols the excellence of the wisdom that God offers, and reflects upon the benefits of seeking God’s wisdom. He warns of the folly of dismissing or ignoring God’s wisdom in our lives. To whole-heartedly embrace God’s wisdom brings life; we ignore it to our detriment. Walk in wisdom today and find life.

    Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe. —Proverbs 28:26

  • Persistent and Audacious Prayer

    Devotionals | May 19, 2017

    God invites us to cast all our anxiety on Him. Are you anxious about anything? Give it to Him. Persistently seek His face. Ask Him to do what only He can do—in you, in others, in situations that are impossible aside from His intervention. Look for Him to act. Trust that He listens, cares, and will respond. God’s Word offers story after story of people who looked to Him and found Him faithful. Follow their lead. What are you praying for today? Who do you need God to be in your life and in the lives of those around you?

  • Born Again

    Devotionals | May 17, 2017

    Learning to lead like Jesus is a spiritual journey, and as such, it requires supernatural power. That power is found in a change of heart so all-encompassing that Jesus likens it to being born anew. Heart transformation is God’s work, a deep inner work initiated and sustained by His Spirit at work within us. As we give ourselves over to Him and allow God to remake us in the image of Jesus, it increasingly results in changed ways of thinking, living, and interacting with others.

  • Either Or

    Devotionals | May 15, 2017

    Jesus rejected the reigning worldview of His day, choosing to humbly serve instead of wielding authority and power, saving people instead of judging them. He chose love over hate, humility over pride, giving over receiving, and self-sacrifice over worship. He rejected wooing the masses through charismatic oratory and self-promotion, choosing instead to invest His life into a few individuals who would embody His message and His Spirit. His approach baffled many, but brought life to those who received it. For what are you giving your life? What values shape your life and leadership?

  • Reflect and Assess

    Devotionals | May 12, 2017

    Spirit-led reflection is essential for leaders who want to lead like Jesus. Jesus modeled the way for us. He regularly spent time in prayer with the Father before the day began, getting His Father’s perspective on life. As the demands of ministry increased, He spent even more time in prayer. Just before going to the cross, He took time with the Father to review His purpose and the results of His ministry. We follow His example when we prayerfully reflect on how we are living as His disciples.

  • Traveling Companions

    Devotionals | May 10, 2017

    Finding others to travel alongside us in life is typical of all of us, introvert or extrovert. Jesus had a large group of disciples who followed him, twelve of whom He named apostles, with three becoming His closest companions. Their life together consisted of getting to know Jesus, building relationships with one another, seeking God together, and serving others in His name. It resulted in a growing understanding of who Jesus was and who they were in relationship to Him, one another, and the world. Who do you travel the Lead like Jesus journey with?

  • A Straight Course

    Devotionals | May 08, 2017

    Leading like Jesus is a lifelong journey. On the way, we may at times lose our focus on the guiding principles and practices modeled by Jesus. Our desire for heart transformation may wane as we face resistance, or the pull of old habits. Pride and fear may edge out godly humility and confidence. The demands of daily life may distract us from maintaining a consistent focus on Jesus. Oddly enough, familiarity and success can also cause our focus to waver. Where are you easily distracted from the course Jesus has laid out for us as disciples? What helps you stay the course?