Devotionals

  • Jesus Cares

    Devotionals | August 30, 2019

    The sudden storm overwhelmed the disciples. In their panic, they cried out to Jesus, not with faith and God-confidence, but with doubt and fear, questioning Jesus’ care for them. Isn’t that what many of us do when overwhelmed? How could God allow this to happen, we cry. Jesus’ immediate action reveals that He does care, not only about the storm that threatens them but about the fear that holds them captive. Where do you need to trust that Jesus cares about everything that concerns you?

  • On Purpose

    Devotionals | August 28, 2019

    Many forces pull at us and try to distract us from what God has given us to do in life. Temptation and opposition are obvious ones, but others—well-meaning friends, success, and popularity—can be just as distracting. Jesus was familiar with all of these. Consider how He responded to His disciples’ well-intentioned but off-target suggestion. Time with the Father kept Him focused on His mission and purpose despite success and the good intentions of others. What distractions attempt to derail you? What helps you stay focused on God’s direction and purpose for your life?

  • The Great Exchange

    Devotionals | August 26, 2019

    A great exchange is required to lead like Jesus. It starts in your heart—exchanging self-centered leadership for selfless leadership, turning from edging God out of your life to exalting God only, choosing to live by faith in Jesus. Then the exchanges move to your head as you begin to exchange your self-made leadership perspective for Jesus’ perspective. With a renewed focus on God’s purpose for your life and leadership, you are empowered to exchange self-promotion for selflessly investing in others like Jesus did. What exchange is God calling you to make today?

  • Stop and Search

    Devotionals | August 23, 2019

    Caring for your heart is an ongoing process. Peter needed the Spirit to challenge the pride and fear and preconceived ideas that clouded his perspective. When you struggle to lead like Jesus, take a moment to examine your heart and head. Ask yourself whether pride and fear or humility and God-confidence are prompting your decisions and actions. Will you use this simple question to expose your self-centered thinking today?

  • People, Not Projects

    Devotionals | August 21, 2019

    Paul’s concern for Timothy, his protégé and partner in ministry, encompassed all areas of Timothy’s life. Paul knew Timothy’s family. He advised Timothy on ministry matters and doctrine. He counseled him regarding how to relate to others most effectively and with integrity. Paul’s concern for Timothy included concern for his health as well. Leading like Jesus means that we treat others like human beings, not projects or tools. How well do you know the people with whom you work? How concerned are you for their welfare—physical, professional, personal, relational, mental, and spiritual?

  • Pressure to Act

    Devotionals | August 19, 2019

    A common pressure of life is the sense of having to hurry up and do something. Even the first disciples felt this pressure. When they heard about Jesus’ dear friend Lazarus’ condition, they immediately decided that action was called for. Jesus, on the other hand, felt no such compulsion. He knew that jumping up to get to Lazarus would hinder—not reveal—God’s work. Because Jesus waited on the Father’s timing, God was exalted in Lazarus’ resurrection. Where is God calling you to trust His timing?

  • Presence

    Devotionals | August 16, 2019

    Some people in life change our lives simply by being present. The gift they bring is one of caring about who we are and inviting us to do life with them. They value us by seeing, acknowledging, and listening to us. We may or may not realize at the time just how valuable their presence is nor the life-changing power of their loving presence. But in the process of being known, we are changed. Who are the people who have changed your life simply by being present?

  • Putting It into Action

    Devotionals | August 14, 2019

    There comes a time that we have to move from talking to action. It’s one thing to talk about Jesus’ mandate to serve, it’s another thing to serve. It is easier, of course, to talk about serving than it is to actually serve people at their point of need. But God is more interested in your actions than your words. Where is God calling you to stop talking and put your words into action?

  • Much to Learn

    Devotionals | August 12, 2019

    Simon Peter’s first fishing lesson with Jesus showed him just how much he had to learn. As an experienced fisherman, Peter’s pride surfaced easily at the thought that Jesus might do a better job at catching fish than he could. Moments later, Peter was on his knees in shock and awe at Jesus’ success. This was just the first of many times that Peter had to let go of his human perspective and yield to Jesus’ way of doing things. What about you? Where does God want you to learn to trust His ways?

  • Why Jesus

    Devotionals | August 09, 2019

    Why lead like Jesus? Why not lead like some other person, past or present? Jesus’ disciples and fellow Jews revered past civic and religious leaders like Moses and Elijah, Joshua and Samuel, and kings David and Solomon. John the Baptizer was a contemporary religious leader that several early disciples followed before following Jesus. But Jesus outshone them all. Jesus’ resurrection from death to life affirms Him as the Son of God and the leader for everyone to follow and emulate.

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