Devotionals

  • Are You Willing

    Devotionals | December 14, 2015

    Jesus' starting point for ministry typically seems to be the needs of people. Consider His compassion in feeding the 4000 and 5000, healing the blind and lame, and answering the questions of ordinary people. Has He not called you, His follower, to do likewise? Who will you minister to at their point of need today?

  • Blessing from Heaven

    Devotionals | December 14, 2015

    Who does God use to bless you? God wants to bless us through everyday interactions with people in our communities: work and ministry colleagues, friends and family members, and brothers and sisters in Christ. Jesus modeled mutually-supportive human relationships with disciples and friends who blessed Him by their very presence. How are you being blessed by being in relationship with others? Who are you blessing through your interactions with them?

  • A Job Well Done

    Devotionals | December 07, 2015

    What criteria do you use to evaluate yourself as a leader? John 17 records Jesus’ prayer as He assessed His season of leadership. He evaluated His personal focus on His God-given mission, His responsibility to teach His disciples what they needed to know to be successful, having protected them while they were under His leadership, and having prepared them for the future. How would you assess your leadership using these same criteria?

    I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.—John 17:4

  • Facing Opposition

    Devotionals | December 04, 2015

    Jesus faced opposition as He tried to influence the existing leadership system. Where did He find the stamina to keep going? He kept His eyes on the goal and maintained a close relationship with the Father. He evaluated changes, and the energy it would take to accomplish them, in light of how the results would accomplish God’s purposes. What changes are you facing today? How can you respond so that God’s purposes are accomplished in your life and in the lives of those around you?

  • Examination

    Devotionals | December 02, 2015

    Leading like Jesus is a daily commitment. On this lifelong journey, each day begins with a mindset focused on serving others and ends with an opportunity to reflect on how we have done. Asking God to examine our motives, to search our hearts and minds, keeps pride from taking root in our hearts and allows God to continually shape us as servant leaders. What does God want to reveal to you about your heart and mind today?

    Test me, O Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;Psalm 26:2

  • Broken Bread

    Devotionals | November 30, 2015

    Where do you see yourself in the story of Jesus feeding thousands with just a few fish and loaves of bread? Are you part of the hungry crowd? Are you one of the disciples, helpless to know how to help, then amazed at seeing Jesus’ solution? Are you the little boy, having brought enough for yourself, willingly offering what you have? Or do you relate to Jesus, asking God to bless and multiply limited resources to care for needy people? Offer yourself to serve others today in Jesus’ name. Ask God to use you to make a difference.

  • Displacing Greed with Gratitude

    Devotionals | November 27, 2015

    Living with an eternal perspective changes us. From being self-absorbed people, preoccupied with power, possessions and prestige, we learn to rest in who God is and what He has done for us. Instead of living for the next great thing, we begin to trust God for provision for our needs. Remember Jesus’ prayer for daily bread? It is that simple. Gratitude displaces greed as we learn to receive what God gives with grateful hearts, and give our time and energy to seeking first His kingdom.

  • Without Words

    Devotionals | November 26, 2015

    What if you could no longer speak? What if you could no longer say the words “I love you, I appreciate you” to those you love and lead? How would you show them that they matter to you? Would you hug them more? Would you spend more time with them? Would you forgive more freely or smile more often? How can you come alongside others and communicate how much they mean to you and to God? What opportunities will you have today to share God’s grace, forgiveness, and encouragement, through your actions?

  • Overflowing with Thankfulness

    Devotionals | November 25, 2015

    Thankfulness is key to our leadership. It grounds us in humility as we realize that Jesus has done for us what we could not do for ourselves. Kneeling before His cross with open hands, we look up in gratitude and wonder. Following His gaze, we look around us at those He came to save, and we rise to serve in His name. Thankfulness pours itself out in service to others. Only a thankful, humble heart can receive the gift of salvation and rise to follow in Jesus in sacrificial service.

  • Advice or Wisdom

    Devotionals | November 23, 2015

    Many people give advice, while others are sources of wisdom. How can you tell one from the other? Advice typically comes in the form of opinion and reflects the viewpoint of the person offering it. Wisdom, the kind of wisdom that Jesus exhibited in His life, has the ring of God’s truth about it, an overarching truth that transcends human understanding. Even His enemies marveled at Jesus’ selfless, God-centered wisdom. Do you give advice or offer godly wisdom?

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