Devotionals

  • Leaders Are Learners

    Devotionals | January 20, 2020

    "Leaders are learners," we hear constantly. Learning is a matter of acquiring new insight and expertise by seeking out knowledge and putting it into practice appropriately. We can learn through consulting experts and through reflecting on life experience. Where do you need to grow? Do you need to increase your knowledge base or hone your job-related skills? Do you need to improve your relational or leadership ability? We are learning to lead like Jesus, not for our own sake, but for the benefit of those we serve and the kingdom of God.

  • Faith to Begin

    Devotionals | January 17, 2020

    Sometimes we face a leadership challenge that looms so large we can't think of where or how to begin. Whether the work is an exciting opportunity or a threatening problem, the Spirit nudges us to turn to God. God longs to be part of our beginnings, part of our solutions, part of our planning. As we turn to Him, He will give us His perspective and empower us to begin in faith, trusting that He will lead the way. Leading like Jesus always begins with asking Him to lead us.

  • The Difference Prayer Makes

    Devotionals | January 15, 2020

    As leaders, we know the importance of having others pray for us. We know how we need wisdom, encouragement, and endurance to run the race God has set before us. Do we, in turn, pray for those around us and over us? What difference might it make in their leadership if we faithfully pray for them?

  • An Unlikely Leader

    Devotionals | January 13, 2020

    Moses is an example of a man who tried to lead in his own strength, knew the sting of failure and disgrace, and yet was used by God in a mighty way. Many of us know the sense of feeling inadequate, of knowing our own sins, pride, and fear too well to ever believe that God could redeem us and use us. May Moses' life remind us that God often chooses to work through unlikely people.

  • A Turning Point

    Devotionals | January 10, 2020

    What caused you to turn from following the world's model of self-centered leadership to leading like Jesus? A life or leadership crisis? The example of someone who leads like Jesus? The Spirit uses many ways to surface the need for a new leadership perspective in our lives. When we hear Him speak, how will we respond? Will we say, "Speak, Lord, Your servant is listening"?

    The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”—1 Samuel 3:10

  • An Example to Follow

    Devotionals | January 08, 2020

    People are looking for role models. They want their lives to count, to make a difference in the world. Lead Like Jesus looks to Jesus as the ultimate role model for leadership. Who has shown greater commitment to a cause than Jesus? Who has shown greater integrity than Jesus? Who has done more for others than Jesus? Who has made a bigger difference in the world than Jesus? As we follow Jesus, the Father empowers us to be living role models and make a lasting difference. Who do you model your life after?

  • By Faith

    Devotionals | January 06, 2020

    Living "by faith" is mentioned 22 times in Hebrews 11; the word "faith" is used almost 30 times. This chapter is about faith in God and how that faith is revealed in the lives of His people. Faith calls us to recognize that this world belongs to God. Faith calls us to align ourselves with God's purposes in the world, to obey Him despite what others think. Faith in God's promises gives us courage to walk into the future. Where is God calling you to live and lead by faith, faith in who He is and what He says?

  • A Step in the Right Direction

    Devotionals | January 03, 2020

    All change begins with one step in a new direction. That step can be taken with great optimism or great reluctance. Whatever the accompanying attitude, moving in a new direction reflects humility and confidence, hope and courage. God draws us into the future, shaping us to be more like Jesus each step of the way. Allow Him to guide you today as you step into the future He has planned.

    Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. —Galatians 5:25

  • Faith-Infused Goals

    Devotionals | January 01, 2020

    Throughout His life, Jesus consciously moved in line with God's purpose to bring salvation to humanity. Making disciples, teaching, performing miracles, sacrificing Himself on the cross, His goals, each choice and act, reflected His awareness of God's purpose for His life. Commitment to His Father, along with faith that God would sustain Him, gave Him daily direction and courage. What are your faith-infused goals the coming year?

  • A Turning Point

    Devotionals | December 30, 2019

    Depending on how our year has gone, December 31 can be either a celebration or a relief. God, who sustained Jesus every day of His life, holds us in His hand. How does knowing Him transform your evaluation of the past and your perspective on the future?

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