Devotionals

  • The Ultimate Expression

    Devotionals | September 20, 2017

    Who do we lift up today as examples of great leaders? Do our thoughts go beyond the current headlines, or those of the last century? Do we look for quantitative success? Lasting results? Personal character and integrity? Jesus is the ultimate expression of a serving leader. If you are looking for a leadership role model, look no further. Set your eyes on Jesus, and follow Him into this day. He will not lead you astray.

  • Lead Like Jesus Anyway

    Devotionals | September 18, 2017

    Peter is famous for making declarations, offering God suggestions, even rebuking Jesus. His question in John 13:6 reveals his consternation. As Jesus rises and begins to wash His disciples’ feet, Peter finally breaks the silence, expressing the whole group’s confusion. What Jesus is doing is so counter-cultural, they cannot imagine it, let alone understand it or offer to do it themselves. Leading like Jesus will often put us at odds with those around us, who cannot begin to imagine voluntarily taking the position of a servant. Lead like Jesus, anyway.

  • When We Don’t Know

    Devotionals | September 15, 2017

    Who looks to you for guidance? It is a big responsibility to know that others are depending on us to show them the way. Children or other family members may count on you to know what to say. Others may depend on your knowing just what to do in a crisis. Co-workers may depend on you to get the job done, regardless of the pressures or uncertainties involved. When we are at a loss as to how to respond, it’s good to know that we can depend on God to bring order out of chaos. As we lean into Him, He will lead the way for us, and for others.

  • In the Midst of Ongoing Pressure

    Devotionals | September 13, 2017

    Jesus experienced ongoing pressure throughout His ministry. It came at Him from many sides and multiple sources, even at times from those closest to Him. This pressure drove Him closer to the Father, not further away. He placed a high value on His times of solitude and prayer. He wanted to hear the Father’s voice above the voices clamoring for His attention. If we want to lead like Jesus, we also must prioritize our relationship with God.

  • Surprising Strength

    Devotionals | September 11, 2017

    Guests, unanticipated developments, storms—surprising news comes in many forms. Some we welcome as gifts from God; others call us to deeper dependence on Him. How we respond in these times calls us to consider where our security and strength is found. Unexpected (and unwelcome) circumstances challenge us to revisit the questions “whose am I?” and “who am I?” When we know that we belong to God and find our identity in Him, we discover surprising strength and resilience.

  • Listen Well, Lead Well

    Devotionals | September 08, 2017

    In our leadership roles, we may have the ability to call on people to do as we request, to give them tasks to accomplish, or entrust them with a message to deliver on our behalf. Their ability to do what we ask them to do—and to do so successfully—depends upon how carefully they listen to our words. It requires them to pay attention and seek to understand our will. How much more do we as God’s servants need to listen well to what He is saying to us! When He calls our name, when He comes to us and asks for our attention, how do we respond?

  • Help the Weak

    Devotionals | September 06, 2017

    Scripture repeatedly calls us to be an example to others: Jesus says that love for one another is to mark us as His disciples, James says that our actions reveal our faith, and Paul frequently calls believers to follow his example. The early church was known for its compassion and ministry to those who were weak and hurting. Are we? Serving others, especially those who are weak and outcast, requires commitment and perseverance. What are you doing to help those who are weak?

  • Work as Worship

    Devotionals | September 04, 2017

    Work, the God-given ability to use our strength and energy to sustain and enhance life for ourselves and others, is a gift of God. God Himself is a God who works. He worked to create the universe, He worked to create a people for Himself, and He is at work to establish His kingdom among us. He is at work in you and me, gifting, equipping, empowering, and shaping us to work alongside Him in accomplishing the work He is doing. Let this perspective turn your work into worship, today and every day.

  • Finding Strength in God

    Devotionals | September 01, 2017

    Do you ever feel at a loss as a leader? When calamity strikes, when you simply don’t see the results you have hoped and worked for, when your challenges seem beyond your ability to overcome, is a constant prayer for strength your daily plea? Person after person in the Bible found their strength in God. Acknowledging their desperate need and personal inadequacy, they exalted God, and chose to rely on Him. As a result, God worked in and through them, empowering them to serve—to lead—in His name.

  • The Gift of Truth Tellers

    Devotionals | August 30, 2017

    What a gift it is to have trusted, spiritual friends to encourage, support, and guide us. Friends who speak the truth—God’s truth—are valuable friends indeed. Their concern for us, and their discernment and wisdom, may at times prompt them to speak truths that are difficult for us to hear. These words are gifts from God, also. Think of the restoration God worked in David’s life by sending Nathan to speak truth to him. Who can you trust to tell you the truth? How do you treat the truth tellers in your life? Do you welcome their honesty? Do you seek out their perspective?

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