Articles | January 2021

  • Leaders Act

    Devotionals | January 15, 2021

    Leaders take action. We see an opportunity—people to develop, circumstances to change, a God-given vision to pursue or perspective to impart—and we step up. It may be a need at home, in the church, in our workplaces, or in our communities. God calls us to be involved. His Spirit empowers us to live as His people for His purposes. Where is God calling You to be involved in making His world a better place?

  • Keeping Watch

    Devotionals | January 13, 2021

    Paul uses the metaphor of shepherd and sheep in his final charge to the elders of the Ephesian church, much as Jesus did in His final charge to Peter. Paul stresses the importance of the elders keeping watch over themselves—their own hearts, heads, hands, and habits—along with keeping watch over the wellbeing of others. We, too, will only be able to serve God and shepherd others to the extent that we keep watch over ourselves. Personal soul-keeping is the first and most important sphere of influence in our leadership.

  • Entitled

    Devotionals | January 11, 2021

    The world is obsessed with status and entitlement. It was as true in the ancient world as it is today. Jesus’ choice to lead by serving stood in stark contrast to the rulers and culture of His day. Although Jesus is entitled to the highest respect and honor in the universe, people ignored, despised, and mistreated Him. They rejected His message of love and reconciliation and living humbly with God and others. Yet Jesus did not complain or lash out in retaliation. He steadfastly chose service over entitlement. He showed us what it looks like for great leaders to exalt God only.

  • An Example to Follow

    Devotionals | January 08, 2021

    There is only one perfect leader—the Lord Jesus Christ, the Divine Servant, Son of God, Son of Man, God’s Promised and Anointed One. In Philippians 2:5-8, Paul describes Jesus’ divine nature and humility, His servant nature and humanity, and His selfless, sacrificial obedience. He urges the Philippian believers to become like Jesus, to adopt Jesus’ mindset and to emulate Him in their relationships with one another. Paul intended the Philippians to take his words (and Jesus’ example) seriously. And he says the same thing to us today.

  • The Magi

    Devotionals | January 06, 2021

    When the Magi realized the importance of the heavenly sign, they set out on a journey to find the One whose birth it announced. They willingly traveled a long distance at great personal cost. Their focus on their mission—to find the newborn king and give Him the honor and respect He was due—stands in distinct contrast to the mission Herod authorized. The Magi took what little they knew and set out, trusting God each step of the way. Wise men indeed. Herod took all that he knew and set out to thwart God’s plan, defying God every way he could.

  • Walking into the Future

    Devotionals | January 04, 2021

    Proverbs 16:9 may be a familiar saying to many of us. It’s a good reminder to keep in mind any day of the year. It is human nature to make plans—for today, tomorrow, this week, next week, the coming months and years. Some of us set our plans in concrete, forgetting that the Lord holds the final decision. Some of us hold our plans lightly, willing for God to rearrange them as He sees fit. Wisdom teaches us to ask the Lord to establish our steps and to keep us flexible and faithful as we walk into the future with Him. What lies ahead of you today?

  • Make Yourself Known

    Devotionals | January 01, 2021

    A new year begins. It carries with it last year’s yet-to-be-fulfilled hopes and dreams and plans. It offers renewed hope that God will make Himself known to and through us. That He will do away with all that hinders us from being the leaders we long to be. That He will transform our fear into God-confidence . . . pride into humility . . . personal hurts and failure into restoration and renewal. We pray for transformation, to love more like Jesus, to live and lead more like Him, to experience His transforming power more fully.