Devotionals

  • 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?

  • Light Breaking Through

    Devotionals | April 01, 2018

    On the first Resurrection Sunday, Mary and the other disciples awoke in darkness but went to sleep in light of the resurrection. The brilliance of the resurrection obliterated the shadow of Jesus’ death on the cross the preceding Friday. Their lives were changed; how could it be otherwise? Jesus’ resurrection instilled in them a new joy, a new perspective on life, a new purpose, and a new understanding of God’s power. How has Jesus’ resurrection changed you and your approach to life and leadership?

  • The Shadow of the Cross

    Devotionals | March 31, 2018

    The shadow of the cross followed Jesus’ disciples into the Sabbath. From what we read in Scripture, they had no hope of seeing Him again; they prepared for the future in light of their knowledge of the present. Was their Sabbath rest troubled by confusion, sorrow, and anxiety? Most likely. But the Sabbath gave them an opportunity to be still and cast their anxiety on the Lord. When the present presses in on you, remember to rest in Him as you wait for His redemption to be revealed.

  • To His Final Breath

    Devotionals | March 30, 2018

    The cross looms large over this day. The instrument of our salvation reveals the extent to which God’s love was willing to go for us. Jesus lived every breath of His life in light of the final breath He would take that day on Calvary. It dominated His thoughts throughout His ministry even as it dominates our thoughts today. He came to give His life. It was that simple. And that costly. His commitment to serve God knew no bounds. How about your commitment? What has He called you to? Will you also serve Him until your last breath?

  • Doing as He Has Done

    Devotionals | March 29, 2018

    Four times in John’s Farewell Discourse, Jesus calls His disciples to follow His example. Twice, He calls them to love one another as He has loved them (Jn. 13:34; 15:12). Once, to follow His example in serving one another with humility (Jn. 13:15). And once, He promises that if they keep His commands, they will experience the assurance and security of remaining in His love, just as He has kept the Father’s commands and remained in the Father’s love (Jn. 15:10). Will you make Jesus your example? Will you follow Him in love, service, and obedience?

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