Devotionals

  • Use Me

    Devotionals | February 12, 2018

    Scripture reveals the unfolding story of God’s plan to redeem the world. From the beginning, His plan took shape in the lives of people. Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, Esther, Mary, and countless others led the way. The Twelve, Paul, Barnabas, Priscilla and Aquila, Timothy, Jesus’ brothers James and Jude and thousands like them carried the message. Today, He looks to you and me to live into His plan. Will you lead with humility and God-grounded confidence? Will you let Him sweep you up into His story?

  • Those Closest to You

    Devotionals | February 09, 2018

    Leading like Jesus encompasses every aspect of our lives, from family and friends to co-workers and colleagues and people in our communities. Regardless of how wide our influence extends, our greatest opportunity to influence others is with those closest to us. Jesus prayerfully chose twelve to pour His life into. Who is part of the small circle of people in your daily life? Name them one by one. Ask the Lord to pour out His Spirit and to multiply your influence in their lives so that they, too, will lead like Jesus.

  • In the Thick of It

    Devotionals | February 07, 2018

    Every task and project has a beginning, a middle and an end. Beginnings can be exciting as we approach a new task with fresh energy and enthusiasm. Endings, often hard won, can offer a sense of accomplishment and thanksgiving for what God has done. It’s in the middle, though, that we often find ourselves in the thick of it with details and deadlines swirling around us. Every day can bring new challenges or the monotony of never-ending details. Where are you ‘in the thick of it’? How do you need God to see you through?

  • Wisdom to Share

    Devotionals | February 05, 2018

    One of the twelve steps of leading like Jesus calls us to carry the message of exalting God and serving others to everyone in our spheres of influence. This message is primarily communicated through our actions of obeying God and expressing His love, forgiving others in the same way God forgives us, extending God’s grace and encouragement and building community with others. As we meditate on what He is teaching us, we gain a wealth of life experience and leadership wisdom. What opportunities do you have to pass along what you are learning?

  • Journeying with Jesus

    Devotionals | February 02, 2018

    The Lead like Jesus journey transforms people from self-serving leaders to God-exalting leaders who sacrificially serve others. We don’t make this journey in an instant; it takes a lifetime of learning to steward our life and leadership roles for God’s purposes. Peter and John are examples of the difference a lifetime with Jesus makes. At the core of their transformational journeys is a love relationship with Jesus that shaped their understanding of God, who they were in relationship to Him, what they lived for and how they led. What are you learning as you journey with Jesus?

  • Competition

    Devotionals | January 31, 2018

    Jesus never used competition or comparison as tools to motivate His followers. These methods keep the focus on the individual, not the goal. As a group, the challenge facing the disciples was great; internal stresses would only undermine their progress. In contrast to inciting the disciples to prove themselves by outperforming one other, Jesus emphasized self-sacrifice and mutual service in pursuit of their shared goal. This environment would allow each person to give their best and set the stage for collaboration.

  • Look to Jesus

    Devotionals | January 29, 2018

    What challenges do you face today? What pressures weigh on you? Where do you need guidance or correction and redirection? Jesus knows the challenges and pressures we face. His knowledge is not a detached, objective acknowledgement of fact, but the intimate knowledge that comes from experiencing pressure and opposition in fulfilling His mission. Look to Him, talk with Him, and let Him show you the way to lead in His name.

  • God's Faithfulness

    Devotionals | January 26, 2018

    Jeremiah’s deep sorrow over Jerusalem’s destruction spills out in the book of Lamentations. In the midst of it all, Jeremiah clings to God’s name, His character. Jeremiah’s words remind us that we as leaders bear the stress and sorrow of both God and people. Following in His footsteps and the footsteps of Jesus, we look to God’s unchanging character and cling to Him in all circumstances. God’s eternal faithfulness is the bedrock of our hope as leaders.

  • The Importance of Love

    Devotionals | January 24, 2018

    Love is the essence of leading like Jesus. God’s love for us, demonstrated in Jesus’ selfless coming to do for us what we could not do for ourselves, opens the way into relationship with God. As God’s love is poured out into our hearts, its selfless and redemptive power transforms us. As we practice habits that draw us closer in our relationship with God, we begin to love like He loves, to lay down our lives in pursuit of His priorities and the people He loves. Let love lead you to selflessly lead like Jesus today.

  • Encouragement

    Devotionals | January 22, 2018

    Have you ever stopped to consider the importance of encouragement, the act of coming alongside another person? This is what the Spirit does for us as He breathes new life, hope, comfort, and guidance into our lives. This is who we are called to be, leaders who serve people by coming alongside them to help them according to their needs. Sometimes our encouragement is tangible and practical, other times it comes through words and presence. Everyone everywhere needs encouragement. Where do you need God’s encouragement? Who will you come alongside today in Jesus’ name?

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