• Look for the Helpers

    Devotionals | July 02, 2018

    Jesus warned His disciples about following the example of religious leaders of their day. These men took delight in burdening others with expectations without ever coming alongside them to help. Their focus was on personal power, titles, and recognition. But Jesus said that greatness in His kingdom was reserved for those who humbly helped others. Whose example and teaching do you follow? Do you seek personal recognition or God’s approval? When others look for helpers, can they look to you?

  • He Knows

    Devotionals | June 29, 2018

    Jesus knows the challenges we face. He faced ongoing pressure from opponents and disciples and family members. People around Him pressured Him to be the person, teacher, and messiah that they wanted Him to be. Crowds pulled at Him; people who needed His touch shouted His name; religious leaders confronted Him. His disciples pulled Him aside to ask questions and didn’t understand what He was doing. Does any of this sound familiar to you? Know that Jesus understands the struggles you face as a leader. He empathizes with you and intercedes on your behalf. Depend on Him today.

  • Let Jesus Lead the Way

    Devotionals | June 27, 2018

    Jesus’ invitation to His original disciples was simple and direct: “Follow me,” He said. His message hasn’t changed. No matter who we are—hated tax collectors like Zacchaeus, people who work with their hands, religious or corporate leaders, parents and teachers—Jesus calls us to follow Him. Who are you? Where do you find yourself today? What are you facing? Jesus’ call remains the same: “Follow me.” Jesus invites you to follow Him today. Will you?

    The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”—John 1:43

  • The Big Picture

    Devotionals | June 25, 2018

    Jesus worked to enlarge people’s understanding of God’s character and what it looked like to live a life totally devoted to the Father. Seeing the big picture is crucial to understanding how to lead in our daily lives. This is as true in our families as it is in our workplaces. Our worldview needs to be shaped by God so that we can be part of what He is doing in the world. We need to understand whose we are, who we are in Jesus, the value God places on people, what God is doing in history, and Jesus’ purpose in making disciples as well as His leadership mandate and model.

  • 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?