Devotionals

  • Reflecting Reality

    Devotionals | September 04, 2015

    John’s gospel, like his letters, reflect a lifetime of knowing and serving Jesus. It is only in John’s gospel that we have the story of Jesus’ washing the disciples’ feet and Jesus’ prayer as He prepared for the cross. The depth of John’s insight and simplicity of his writing show that he has internalized the message of living, loving, and leading like Jesus. Does Jesus’ leadership perspective permeate our lives so that we, too, reveal Jesus in all we say and do?

  • Uncommon Courtesy

    Devotionals | September 02, 2015

    “Please” and “thank you,” “I’m sorry” and “you’re welcome” are common phrases that we teach children. Spoken from a sincere heart, these simple words have great power to build trusting relationships. How often do these words come from our lips throughout the day? Too often, we can begin to presume that we are owed the service of others, that they should simply know what we want, that we don’t need to express appreciation for little things, or that they should simply understand when we are distracted or irritable. Common courtesy is often uncommon today.  

  • Real People, Real Problems

    Devotionals | August 31, 2015

    Jesus came into the real world, a world filled with real people who have real problems. Some days we are the ones calling others to live up to the high calling we have in Jesus, and some days we are the ones who need to hear and respond to Jesus’s call. Even as we extend grace and encouragement to others, we need it for ourselves. Don’t neglect the habit of allowing God to encourage and strengthen you through Scripture and heartfelt prayer. As we receive God’s hope and encouragement, we will be able to pass it on to others.

  • God and God Only

    Devotionals | August 28, 2015

    The temptation to please people rather than God typically stems from a desire to be well thought of by those around us, whether friends, family, coworkers, leaders, or people in general. Instead of exalting God, these people-pleasing tendencies exalt other people and our own desires. Living to exalt God alone pleases Him and ultimately serves the best interests of others, whether or not they realize it at the time. What tends to replace God as the center of your life? Keep the eyes of your heart focused on pleasing and exalting God as you lead like Jesus today.

  • Loving Others Judging Ourselves

    Devotionals | August 26, 2015

    How easy it is to get our eyes off our own hearts and become obsessed with the failures and frailties of others. As if we ourselves were not, are not, prone to failure and sin. Only as we acknowledge our own sinful tendencies is there hope for lasting transformation in our lives. God’s mercy and grace leads us to repentance and enables us to come alongside others, rather than judging them when they fall.

  • New Beginnings

    Devotionals | August 24, 2015

    As Jesus ascended into heaven, His disciples faced a new phase in their leadership. Their first choice was to decide whether they would try to lead in their own strength or wait for the power of the Holy Spirit, as Jesus had told them to do. Whatever new beginnings we face in our leadership journey, we have the same choice as the disciples. Will we choose to lead in His strength or try to forge ahead in our own power?

  • Friends on Mission

    Devotionals | August 21, 2015

    Although Jesus calls us to serve, He does not call us His servants. Instead, He calls us His friends. Why? Because He has fully revealed Himself to us. He has brought us into God’s family, given us the mind of Christ, freely given us His Spirit, and shared with us the Father’s hopes, dreams, and purposes. He has asked us to join Him on mission, to enter into the Father’s love, and to lay down our lives along with Him. You are not alone as you enter this day. Jesus, your friend, travels with you.

  • Grace-based Leadership

    Devotionals | August 19, 2015

    The Golden Rule calls us to do to treat others the way we want them to treat us. In essence, it calls us to living a life centered on understanding, forgiving, encouraging, and supporting others. Each of these characteristics describes the way God relates to us and the way Jesus related to His disciples. Jesus says this same grace-based, action-oriented leadership is to characterize us as His disciples. We are to lead from grace, relating to others with the same grace that God has shown us. 

  • Two Kinds of Habits

    Devotionals | August 17, 2015

    Lead Like Jesus emphasizes two kinds of habits - habits of being and habits of doing. Each is important. Practicing the being habits supports ongoing personal transformation, keeping our hearts humble before God and open to His Spirit’s leading. These spiritual disciplines shape our leadership motivation, point-of-view, and the way we deal with others. As a result, the Spirit increasingly shapes our reactions and responses so that we find ourselves more naturally reflecting Jesus’ leadership style.

  • Back to the Present

    Devotionals | August 14, 2015

    Some people are prone to dwell in the past, reflecting on and rehashing the successes and failures of earlier days. Some are forever dreaming of the future, reflecting on and rehearsing how it will be someday soon. To lead like Jesus involves learning from the past as God draws us into the future. Lessons from the past can enhance our vision, goals, strategies, and tactics. Seek God’s perspective on the past, present, and future, so that you can lead like Jesus today. Where do you need to respond to Jesus in faith by leading as He would today?

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