Devotionals

  • Defining Moments

    Devotionals | May 16, 2018

    Each of us have defining moments that shape our leadership journey. Jesus’ miracle of turning water into wine was one of those defining moments for His disciples. This was just one of many instances in which Jesus used His power not to serve Himself, but to serve others. His disciples witnessed Him using His power to serve the needs of a family in danger of public humiliation. Prior to this, they had followed Him as a teacher; now their understanding of who He was expanded exponentially and caused them to believe in Him.

  • Aspire

    Devotionals | May 14, 2018

    To what do you aspire in your leadership? More to the point, who do you aspire to be like? Too many leaders get caught in the trap of trying to make a name for themselves. Jesus, who had nothing to prove, was only concerned with enhancing the reputation of the Father. He consistently called His disciples to be like Him in living life as He did. Nothing has changed over the generations. The goal of leading like Jesus is to exalt God only by becoming more and more like your teacher and master, Jesus, the Son of God. Who or what are you aspiring to be like?

  • A Godly Role Model

    Devotionals | May 11, 2018

    In one of his psalms, David mention his mother as his role model in serving the Lord. While not all of us have a godly heritage, each of us has an opportunity to build a godly reputation in this generation. As we live into our identity as people who lead like Jesus, our interactions with other people will increasingly exalt God. We will experience the joy of seeing our words and actions bless others, and people around us will experience the goodness and grace of God.

  • Sound Learning

    Devotionals | May 09, 2018

    In a world of readily available information (true, false, or misguided), it is wise to consider the source upon which we base our decision-making and actions. The Old Testament, tested and tried for millennia, was the basis upon which Jesus based His worldview. His teaching and ministry subsequently provided the basis for the New Testament writings. The wisdom of God’s Word is available to anyone who will pay attention and allow the Spirit to teach them and shape their perspective. What shapes your worldview? What role does Scripture play in your understanding as a leader?

  • Reflection

    Devotionals | May 07, 2018

    No matter what role you find yourself in—family member or friend, parent, ministry leader, or corporate or organizational leader—others are observing you. Your words and actions are audible and visible reflections of your leadership motivation and values. Jesus’ trust in God to show Him what to do, where to go, when to speak, and what to say reflect His commitment to exalt God only. His example reminds us to look to God in every aspect of our leadership, also. Who will you interact with today? What will your words and actions reveal about your commitment to lead like Jesus?

  • In the Midst of It All

    Devotionals | May 04, 2018

    God is at work, always and forever. No matter what the circumstances in your life look like right now, God is working out His plan and will accomplish His purpose in the lives of those who love Him. Where do you need to hear these words today? Some of us are grieving loss, others struggle to find a way through, while others are praising and thanking God for His faithfulness. Focus on His presence. Trust Him. Thank Him. Praise Him. 

    Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. —1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

  • A Few Simple Questions

    Devotionals | May 02, 2018

    A few simple questions can help you take inventory of where you are in your leadership journey and provide strategies for moving forward. First, “what can I celebrate?” In other words, where have you seen evidence of how God is at work in and around you? Follow this up by asking Him “what is working?” and “what isn’t working?” Finally, ask God “what do I need to start doing?” and then “what do I need to stop doing?” Let God encourage, strengthen, and redirect you to lead like Jesus today.

  • Follow His Instructions

    Devotionals | April 30, 2018

    Does it sometimes amaze you that God chooses to use people like us? Consider how little the disciples really understood as they began to lead like Jesus. They didn’t have a sophisticated theology, they just followed His instructions. Their leadership was really a matter of humble obedience and God-confidence. Wherever you are on the transformational journey of becoming a Jesus-like leader, you, too, can humble, confidently, and obediently follow Jesus’ instructions.

  • When Help Is Needed

    Devotionals | April 27, 2018

    Jesus assured His disciples that He and the Father and the Spirit would make their home with them to enable them to live as His witnesses. This promise was not just for the earliest disciples. In his prayer in John 17, Jesus consecrated Himself to being available to all future disciples in the same way. What challenges are you facing today? Where do you need to remember His promise?

    “I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”—John 17:26

  • Surprise

    Devotionals | April 25, 2018

    Jesus’ resurrection appearances caught even His closest disciples by surprise. Peter needed God to directly intervene to convince him to go to the Gentiles. Paul experienced several closed doors in ministry before discerning God’s direction to go to Macedonia. How do you respond to unexpected events, unconventional opportunities, closed doors, or unforeseen results? Let them prompt you to lean into God to seek His Spirit and perspective so that you can align yourself with His movement.

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