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  • Advice or Wisdom

    Devotionals | December 11, 2017

    Many people give advice, while others are sources of wisdom. How can you tell one from the other? Advice typically comes in the form of opinion and reflects the viewpoint of the person offering it. Wisdom, the kind of wisdom that Jesus exhibited in His life, has the ring of God’s truth about it, an overarching truth that transcends human understanding. Even His enemies marveled at Jesus’ selfless, God-centered wisdom. Do you give advice or offer godly wisdom?

  • When in Doubt

    Devotionals | November 02, 2016

    Leading like Jesus doesn’t mean we always know what to do. Discerning the path forward frequently requires multiple considerations, some of which are not readily clear. Jesus modeled for His disciples a constant turning to the Father as He navigated the ups and downs of life. When He needed to select key leaders, He spent the night in prayer. After a long day of ministry, He stayed up late or woke up early to spend time with the Father. When in doubt, when pressure mounts, when you need to find a way forward, follow Jesus’ example, and turn to the Father.

  • A Personal Recommendation

    Devotionals | October 28, 2016

    It is common practice to look for personal recommendations before trying something new. Jesus didn’t just recommend leading by serving to His disciples, He lived it in front of them, then commissioned them to follow in His footsteps. He calls us to live humbly with our God, to confidently expect to “receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Heb. 4:16), and to live for the Father’s approval alone. He tells us that exchanging power-driven leadership for leading by serving is worth it. Do you trust His recommendation?

  • Look This Way

    Devotionals | August 22, 2016

    Some people lead their lives by making a point of not being like other people, focusing on someone else’s negative example, instead of seeking a positive role model. In their pride, they determine that they will never be like the person who made a negative impact on them. Doing this doesn’t bring about Jesus-like transformation, it only succeeds in fixing our thoughts on what is negative. Instead, God asks us to focus on Jesus. Meditating on who He is, we become like the One we behold, and grow to be humble, selfless, God-exalting leaders, following Him as our leader.

  • One of Many

    Devotionals | August 01, 2016

    The Bible tells story after story of God’s intervention in people’s lives. People like Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Moses, David, Jonah, Mary and Joseph, Peter, Paul, James, and countless, nameless others had moments when God reached in, opened their eyes, and rewrote their story. During His earthly ministry, Jesus touched the lives of men, women, and children, bringing the love and light of God into their lives. We are ones that He has touched, whose lives are changed.

  • Never Alone

    Devotionals | July 29, 2016

    One of the greatest promises in the Bible is that as Jesus’ disciples we are never alone. Before Jesus’ ascension, as He commissioned His disciples, Jesus promised His abiding presence would be with them always. His commitment to us as His disciples is unconditional, unending, and empowering. Through Him we have entered into the reality of eternal life, which is found in intimate relationship with the Father and Son through the Spirit. What has Jesus given you to do today? How does His promise that you are never alone strengthen and encourage you?

  • Are You Blessed

    Devotionals | July 27, 2016

    Have you been blessed by God? Many people speak of being blessed by God when good things happen. They look to visible evidence of prosperity and peaceful circumstances as evidence of His blessing. There is a level of truth to this. The Lord is the author of life, the giver of all good gifts, and the source of peace and wellbeing. These are His attributes, whether or not they are currently part of our experience. As Jesus’ followers, we have been blessed because we recognize Him as the Son of God and the Living Word. Is this your perspective today?

  • When the Spirit Leads

    Devotionals | July 20, 2016

    Jesus’ example shows the importance of timing as a key element in leadership. Aligning Himself closely with the Father’s perspective, He recognized the times in which He lived and knew His part of God’s unfolding story. Prompted by the Spirit, He knew when and how to respond to those around Him. Peter, following Jesus’ example, became the first to take Jesus’ message across cultural boundaries. Developing God’s perspective allows us to respond when the time is right. Following our leader, we will be ready to respond when the Spirit leads.

  • A God-Shaped Perspective

    Devotionals | June 29, 2016

    As men and women who choose to lead like Jesus, we need to be careful to keep our eyes on our Master. He is unfolding His purposes and plans, and has invited us to join Him in what He is doing. The world system, other people’s demands, and our own longings can derail us if we do not consciously seek His perspective on life. This is where spending time in God’s Word makes such a difference, shaping and renewing our leadership perspective. Meditating on God’s Word brings an eternal perspective as we join God in what He is doing in the world.

  • Standing in the LORD’s Presence

    Devotionals | May 30, 2016

    A prerequisite for servants is for them to be aligned with their master’s vision of the future, mission, and values. Only in this way, will they be able to carry out their master’s wishes appropriately. As those whose allegiance is ultimately to the LORD, therefore, time spent in His presence is not optional. No, it is only as we spend time standing in His presence, kneeling humbly before Him, listening to His voice, and allowing His perspective to transform us that we can rise and serve others with God-given confidence.