Devotionals

  • With Jesus

    Devotionals | October 07, 2020

    Jesus accepted His disciples for who they were. He knew each of them by name; He understood who they were and what they were capable of. Jesus doesn’t seem to have tried to get any of them to be more like any of the other disciples. Instead, Jesus invited them to walk with Him and work with Him. This relational way of influencing others, of helping them become who God created them to be, is at the core of leading like Jesus. Who are you investing in like this?  

  • Give It Over

    Devotionals | October 05, 2020

    Each of us carries burdens, some that we openly share, others that we keep to ourselves. Yes, we need to be wise about what we share and who we share with. But hiding our worries and struggles out of pride and fear prolongs and intensifies their hold on us. Jesus understands our struggles far better than we do. He invites us to cast everything on Him. He wants to take our burdens and carry them for us. He wants us to humbly trust Him every day in every aspect of life and leadership. Will you give Him your burdens and see what He will do?

  • Fixed on God

    Devotionals | October 02, 2020

    Psalm 119 celebrates and extols the virtue of God’s Law. The author uses all the words he has to express his desire to live in a right relationship with God. He wants to live according to God’s wisdom. His heart cries out to God, His desire is clear: He doesn’t want anything to get in the way of his relationship with God. His hope in the midst of suffering and affliction, trouble and persecution, is fixed on God. Only God sustains his life. Only God gives him hope and guidance and keeps him going. What keeps you going?

  • They Forgot

    Devotionals | September 30, 2020

    Paul writes 1 Corinthians to believers who had gotten off-track. Once established in Christ Jesus, they had lost sight of Him and gotten their focus on themselves. They argued about who was the greatest and which was the greatest spiritual gift. They forgot the One who had called them out of their former self-centered lives. The One who gave Himself for them. The One who made His home within and among them. They forgot what it meant to love, live, and lead in the name of the One whose name they carried.

  • To Serve Patiently

    Devotionals | September 27, 2020

    Jesus’ patience with people is remarkable. Consider how often the crowds misunderstood His teaching and actions. Think about the ongoing attempts to discredit Him. The persecution by the religious leaders. The false accusations. His inner circle’s arguing about which of them was the greatest, even as He prepared to give His life for them. Talk about patience! Talk about someone who loves us and works with us in our weakness. Jesus shows us the way, and we know from personal experience the difference it makes. In what ways can you go and do the same today?

  • Love Starts the Conversation

    Devotionals | September 25, 2020

    Love doesn’t overlook problems. Love communicates clearly; establishes expectations, goals, and boundaries; journeys with, empowers, and holds people accountable. Love acknowledges the truth and encourages change. Jesus wasn’t afraid of speaking the truth His disciples needed to hear. They needed to learn a different way of loving, living, and leading. Jesus believed that speaking truth would lead the way to transformation. Do you?

  • Life-Giving Correction

    Devotionals | September 23, 2020

    Proverbs 15:31-32 reminds us of the self-destructive nature of those who disregard discipline. The ancient words sound as if they could have been written today. Pride still plagues us, does it not? We, like people throughout the ages, tend to think we have to act as if we have it all together. But when things go wrong, it is humility—not pride—that enables us to acknowledge our need for life-giving correction. Will you receive the correction God longs to give you? What is He saying to you as you wait before Him?

  • Helping God Out

    Devotionals | September 21, 2020

    Abram and Sarai repeatedly tried to help God fulfill His promise of a son. Each time—whether it was Abram saying his wife was his sister or Sarai deciding to help God out using culturally-accepted methods—it backfired. Things we attempt to do in our human strength result in personal frustration, damage to others, and far-reaching unforeseen consequences. God’s promises are within His power to fulfill. Increasing dependence on God honors and exalts Him.  What fuels your leadership—human power or God’s power?

  • God Rules

    Devotionals | September 18, 2020

    Scripture repeatedly declares God’s sovereignty. This is His universe. He alone holds ultimate power and control over all that He has created. He is at work to weave together all the strands of history to achieve His purpose. As leaders who have been called to partner with Him, we are called to align ourselves with His goals and His method. Jesus clearly proclaimed that we are to follow His example of selflessly loving and serving others, orienting our lives and leadership according to the values of God’s kingdom rather than the values of this world.

  • How Big Is Your Heart

    Devotionals | September 16, 2020

    It can be easy for a person’s focus to shrink inward, to become so consumed with our own concerns that we forget how big God’s heart is. His heart encompasses the whole world. He desires to bring life-giving light and salvation to all, and He is at work to that end. As men and women who follow Jesus, God’s heart increasingly transforms the focus of our concerns and leadership. Ask God to enlarge your heart to see people as He sees them, and to show His love for others so that they might see Jesus.

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