• 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?

  • Undercurrents

    Devotionals | March 28, 2018

    The pressure on Jesus continued to intensify leading up to the cross. The religious leaders’ collusion and Judas’ betrayal spring readily to mind. Scripture also records the disciples’ ongoing lack of understanding of His mission and vying for positions of greatness. Despite these undercurrents, Jesus maintained His composure and focused on completing the work the Father had given Him to do. What opposition are you facing?

  • In Word and Action

    Devotionals | March 27, 2018

    Jesus committed his whole life to serving His own. His mission was to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10) and to call out a people who would join Him in exalting God through their lives (Matthew 5:16). Those who welcomed Him to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday had no idea of the type and extent of salvation He would bring them nor the cost He would bear. But He did. And to this end He gave His whole life. How will your words and actions honor Jesus and exalt God as you lead today?

  • Leading with Intentionality

    Devotionals | March 26, 2018

    Jesus’ commitment to completing all that God had given Him to do was evident throughout the week leading up to His crucifixion and resurrection. He approached these final days with the same intentionality that characterized all the other days of His life. Each day was filled with lessons, signs, parables, and actions that pointed to the oncoming fulfillment of His mission and the futility of thwarting God’s purposes. What has God given you to do? Live and lead with intentionality so that God’s purposes will be fulfilled through you today.

  • Set on Exalting God

    Devotionals | March 23, 2018

    Jesus always knew that His road led through the cross. He tried repeatedly to help His disciples understand this, even though they never understood what He was telling them. He wasn’t fooled or swayed by the crowd’s adulation on Palm Sunday. Nor was He surprised or dismayed at His arrest and trial. His heart was set on exalting God and fulfilling His God-given mission every step of the way. What are you set on?

  • Confident in God

    Devotionals | March 21, 2018

    God’s character and greatness are the bedrock upon which leaders can face uncertainty and change. No matter what circumstances look like, because of who He is we can humbly seek His guidance and confidently face the future. Jesus’ life reflected unshakable confidence that was working out His purposes in, through, and around Him. How will your leadership reflect that same confidence in God’s character and greatness today?

  • Breath of Life

    Devotionals | March 19, 2018

    Scripture speaks of the breath of God as a living, active, creative force that brings life. Paul spoke of God as the One who gives life and breath to everyone (Acts 17:25). It was Paul again who spoke of Scripture as being God-breathed (2 Tim. 3:16), equipping and sustaining us as His servants. With every breath that you take, breathe in God’s breath of life. Let His Spirit and His Word fill you with hope and courage and all you need to live this day as His servant.

  • Your Kingdom Come

    Devotionals | March 16, 2018

    The stresses of life and leadership frequently come at us from all directions. Even for those who enjoy rising up to meet challenges, sometimes we can be overwhelmed as we feel pulled to juggle a myriad of responsibilities. Jesus certainly experienced this. Preaching, teaching, healing, aware of growing opposition, frequently misunderstood by family and disciples, with the cross looming ever larger before Him, He narrowed His focus to pleasing just one person, His Father. What difference will it make in your day for you to do the same?

  • Gathering Strength

    Devotionals | March 14, 2018

    Jesus’ life shows us the importance of renewing our hearts and minds to strengthen ourselves to lead like He did. His lifestyle included a prayer life that caused His disciples to ask Him to teach them how to pray, amazing people with His deep understanding of Scripture and applying its wisdom to life and withdrawing to spend time with the Father or with His disciples. These habits strengthened Him as a leader. What habits strengthen you to lead like Jesus?

  • A Leader's Trust

    Devotionals | March 12, 2018

    The nature of living in a fallen world means that we will frequently be tempted to lead out of pride and fear. Whatever the source of our temptation—personal struggles, challenges involving other people, or changing circumstances and opposition—we always have the choice to once again renew our trust in God and ask Him to transform our leadership. Jesus urges us to trust ourselves to the Father’s care, to live one day at a time with a focus on kingdom priorities, just as He did. As we do, our words and actions will increasingly reflect humility and God-confidence.