Devotionals

  • Restless

    Devotionals | April 23, 2018

    The pace of life in our highly connected world seldom slows down of its own accord. Information, questions, and demands easily flow through the airwaves and internet into devices that we hold in our hands and carry in our pockets. The persistent restlessness and accompanying anxiety can keep us constantly on edge. Even in His day, Jesus called disciples away from the pressure of the crowd’s incessant activity. He continues to call us away today. What steps can you (and will you) take to find the rest He offers?

  • Work

    Devotionals | April 20, 2018

    From the world’s perspective, work is often viewed as a curse, something to get done so that we can get on to relaxing and having fun. In contrast, from God’s perspective, work is a gift that reflects His creativity and energy and life-giving nature. By inviting us to join Him in His work of caring for creation in all its facets, God gave human beings purpose and significance and an opportunity to experience the satisfaction He experienced in creation. What work has God given you to do?

  • Know Yourself

    Devotionals | April 18, 2018

    Each of us has been shaped by God to reflect His image. Some of us naturally reflect His direct, action-oriented approach to the world, while others more naturally reflect His deep love for people, His passion to communicate with us, or His concern for every aspect and detail of life. When we make it our goal to honor Him with who we are and how we live, He works through us and helps us adapt our behavior to the people and situations around us. How does He want to work through you today?

  • Do This

    Devotionals | April 16, 2018

    Jesus exhorted His followers to a truly revolutionary way of living. His standard for life didn’t consist of merely telling people what not to do. Instead, He exhorted God’s people to offer loving service to others. He called people back to the heart of the Old Testament message with one comprehensive command: “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” How will you proactively take loving action for the benefit of those around you today?

  • Serving God’s Purpose

    Devotionals | April 13, 2018

    Jesus was born according to the Father’s purpose, and He served God’s purpose in the power of the Spirit. Because Jesus accomplished His mission, the Spirit has been poured out to empower us to serve God’s purpose, also. You, as well, have been born according to the Father’s purpose and sent into the world, just as the Father sent Jesus. As you depend upon the Spirit’s leading, you will be infused with the Spirit’s presence and power to serve God’s purpose. Today, will you choose to rest in Him, listen for His voice, and follow His leading?

  • Dying to Live

    Devotionals | April 11, 2018

    Jesus calls us to follow Him, to daily take up our cross, lay down our lives, and die to ourselves and worldly desires, just as He did. In Jesus, we have been crucified to the world and its demands. No longer are we slaves to a system that edges God out of life and leadership. We have been infused with His Spirit, given new life, and enabled to live lives that exalt God. What temptations to edge God out do you need to die to serve others like Jesus serves you?

  • Wisely and Well

    Devotionals | April 09, 2018

    Jesus calls us to be good stewards of the leadership opportunities and responsibilities He gives us. He places us where we are for His purposes. He places people in our spheres of influence so that they can experience His touch. He provides resources—spiritual, intellectual, emotional, material, including our time and relationships—to equip us in His work. When the way is hard, He reminds us to seek His perspective and draw on the helping presence of His Spirit and all He has given to empower us. How are you stewarding what God has given you?

  • Invest to Influence

    Devotionals | April 06, 2018

    If we want to increase our influence in the lives of people around us, we need to invest in them and in our relationships with them. Investing in people requires time, interest, and attention. It means that we care about what people are going through and how they feel. It means that we build relationships with them. Jesus spent three years investing in His disciples. He lived life with them. He cared about them as people. When He realized how much His disciples were grieving over His coming departure, He spent time teaching, encouraging, comforting, and praying for them.

  • Witnesses to Love

    Devotionals | April 04, 2018

    Jesus has sent us into the world to be His witnesses, just like the Father sent Jesus into the world to be His witness. In sending us, Jesus says that our witness to Him is reflected in how we love people (which in God’s vocabulary is a verb, not a feeling). Love is treating people with respect, honoring them in our words and actions, and accurately expressing Jesus’ thoughts and perspective in our conversations with them. Love is speaking the truth, forgiving like Jesus forgave us, and apologizing and making amends when we are in the wrong.

  • Just Like Jesus

    Devotionals | April 02, 2018

    Jesus’ teaching and ministry had such a powerful impact because everything He did was a result of depending on the Father to work in and through Him. We can confidently follow Jesus’ model of leadership by choosing to depend on the Father just like He did. Will you make the commitment to speak and act wholly as the Father leads you? How will your leadership reflect the Father alive and at work in and through you today?

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