Articles | Hands

  • Opposition

    Devotionals | January 17, 2018

    We all face opposition in our leadership at times, just as Jesus faced opposition to His leadership. But God gives us His Word and Spirit to meet the challenges, and Jesus’ example shows us the way forward. His responses to opposition range from silence to rebuke, exhortation, correction, redirection and witness as He persevered under pressure. Seek God’s guidance when you face opposition, and focus on exalting Him only.

  • A Leader Who Strengthens Others

    Devotionals | December 13, 2017

    Deborah gave her life in service to God and His people. Her wisdom and discernment brought stability during a time of oppression. When the time came for God to move on behalf of His people, God’s chosen leader would not move forward without Deborah at his side. Are you a leader who serves with God-given wisdom and discernment? Are others able to depend on you, knowing that You have God’s purposes in mind and will stand beside them to see God’s plan accomplished?

  • Jesus' Example

    Devotionals | November 17, 2017

    As Jesus bent to wash the disciples’ feet, He left them (and us) an indelible picture of what it looks like to lead like Jesus. Jesus didn’t become a servant in that moment; He was already a servant, the Servant of the Lord. He willingly did whatever needed to be done to make disciples who would imitate Him in word and action. He knew that would require making it as plain and simple for them as it could be. Will you follow His example today?

  • If I Only

    Devotionals | August 21, 2017

    Never underestimate the power of a single moment, conversation, or encounter with Jesus. The gospels tell story after story of people’s lives being transformed by encountering Him. Sometimes it was a look or a word; other times it involved a simple touch. Sometimes Jesus initiated the encounter; other times people reached out to Him. Today, you will encounter people who are desperate to touch Jesus. Will they encounter Him through you?

  • Resisting Change

    Devotionals | May 27, 2016

    Change comes to all of us. Small changes, big changes, each is life-altering in its own way. Smaller changes, a result of daily, even momentary choices, shape our character day by day. As we learn to trust God in these smaller matters, we create a foundation that allows us to more naturally turn to and trust God when bigger changes are called for. In all things, we know that God is for us, and that He wants to use change for His glory and our ultimate good. What changes are you facing?

  • Revealing the Heart of God

    Devotionals | May 18, 2016

    Jesus’ incarnation reveals the heart of God. It shows us the depth of God’s love and passion for the world. God gave Himself to us in Jesus, to be with us, to save us, and to give us life. In the same way, He calls us to give ourselves in return, first to Him, and then to the world in His name. How will we reveal the heart of God today?

  • God’s Grace and Our Effort

    Devotionals | May 11, 2016

    Where has God placed you? What spheres of influence has He opened up to you? What task has He placed in front of you? Opportunities come to us from God’s hand and for His purposes. Draw confidence from knowing that we are never alone as we lead in Jesus’ name. His grace is at work in and through us. Focus on exalting God only with all that we are—heart, head, hands, and habits.  

  • Active Communication

    Devotionals | April 15, 2016

    Consider how intent God is on communicating with us. He uses every method available to Him—His written Word, Jesus the Living Word, His ever-present and active Spirit who reveals Jesus, and the church as the body of Christ—to communicate His message. As leaders of our families and in our workplaces and ministries, do we take time to hear His message? Does our leadership reflect the same commitment to communicating as His?

  • Unlearning

    Devotionals | March 09, 2016

    What do we need to unlearn in order to lead like Jesus? What patterns of life and leadership that we have accepted and relied upon does Jesus call us to lay down? God calls us to unlearn habits of self-indulgence, people-pleasing, and prideful assumptions that ‘we know what is best’ and learn to live in self-control, humility, and God-confidence for the benefit of others. Let the Leader in you show!

  • The Gift of Correction

    Devotionals | February 01, 2016

    Correction doesn’t always feel like a gift. Given in the wrong attitude, it can shame and dishonor people. But when correction is given with concern for others and in pursuit of mutual goals, it helps us avoid errors, correct mistakes, and improve results and relationships. To put it into perspective, how many of us have benefited personally from God’s loving correction? He is direct yet compassionate, motivated by love, and always solution-oriented. How can we transfer those lessons into our leadership?