Devotionals

  • God’s Correction

    Devotionals | June 22, 2018

    Jesus’ rebuke of Peter holds a lesson for all of us. Even those of us who have been seeking to lead like Jesus for a long time can get caught up in self-centered ways of living and leading. We may find ourselves listening to see if our contributions have been recognized or start pushing our own agenda instead of God’s. We may compare the quality of our work to that of others instead of working for our audience of One. We may find ourselves reading Scripture in a perfunctory way or reciting prayers instead of communicating with God.

  • Relational Barriers

    Devotionals | June 20, 2018

    What barriers keep you from developing healthy relationships with your colleagues, family, and friends? While it is easy to point out other people’s behaviors, words, and attitudes that cause friction, Jesus calls us to first look within ourselves. What might you be doing that causes separation, breeds comparison, or distorts the truth?

  • Modeling a Different Way

    Devotionals | June 18, 2018

    The world is still full of people who, like Saul, are motivated by pride and fear. As those who have had to confront our own pride and fear, we know the struggle, and we know how God met us in our misguided attempts to lead. How does God want to use you today to model Jesus’ way of leading out of humility and God-confidence?

  • God Our Father

    Devotionals | June 15, 2018

    Jesus invites you into an intimate and trusting relationship with God the Father, the same quality of relationship that He experiences with the Father. Jesus’ death and resurrection opens the way to relationship with the Father, reveals the Father’s love, and produces life characterized by joy, love, peace, purpose, and fruitfulness. Centered in your relationship with God—Father, Son, and Spirit—who loves you, you are free from grasping for identity, acceptance and approval, and the need to prove your worth. Let the Father’s love bear life-giving fruit in and through your life.

  • Godly Ambition

    Devotionals | June 13, 2018

    Paul’s aspiration and ambition was to represent Jesus well as he lived out his God-given calling. He willingly endured hardship, crossed cultural barriers, and humbly gave all the credit for success to Jesus. Throughout his letters, Paul calls us to do the same. What has God given you to do? What is your aspiration and ambition as you fulfill your God-given calling?

  • Called to Be Different

    Devotionals | June 11, 2018

    The world is full of leaders who seek power, possessions, and prestige. It was as true in Jesus’ day as it is for us today. Thus, Jesus’ critique and rejection of worldly values and leadership practices remain eternally relevant. With the words “not so with you,” Jesus draws a clear line between how the world leads and how He and His disciples led. He expects us to be different and to follow His mandate and example of choosing humble service for the benefit of others. Where is He saying “not so with you” to you today?

  • Unchanging

    Devotionals | June 08, 2018

    The changing circumstances of life mean that all of us will face uncertainty and upheaval at times. Think of the unexpected events that Jesus’ disciples experienced as they followed Him: confrontation with crowds and authorities, supernatural miracles, watching Jesus at work, and witnessing His transfiguration, death and resurrection! When unexpected circumstances catch us by surprise, Jesus, the Unchanging One, calls us to rely in who He is and confidently follow Him.

  • Needing Encouragement

    Devotionals | June 06, 2018

    Do you need to be encouraged today? If so, you are not alone; actually, you are in good company. Even Jesus needed to be encouraged. He regularly turned to the Father in prayer and drew strength from His relationship with the Father and the Spirit. He retreated from the crowds to spend time with His disciples and friends. He not only spent time encouraging His disciples, He sought encouragement from them. Where do you turn to be encouraged?

  • Let Me Teach You

    Devotionals | June 04, 2018

    Jesus wants to teach us about life and leadership from God’s perspective. Much depends on our willingness to be taught. By humbling ourselves under His leadership, others will be able to see and experience Him at work in and through us. Are you willing for Jesus to teach you? Are you willing for Jesus to lead you in exalting God and serving others in His name? Remain intimately connected to Him. Allow Him to minister to you, to give you rest and to shape you in His image.

  • Living a Life of Faith

    Devotionals | June 01, 2018

    Everyone wants to be like the heroes of the faith mentioned in the "Hall of Faith" (Hebrews 11). We aspire to live lives that reveal the great work of God, lives like Abraham and Sarah lived. What we may forget is the condition for living lives of faith, having "confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." Abraham and Sarah's desperate need drove them to a living trust in God's presence and promises. What are you trusting God for today? Whose example encourages you to trust God?

Pages