“A transformational leadership guide, straight from the life of Jesus.” -John Stahl-Wert, Co-author, The Serving Leader
Jesus influenced thousands of people during his three-year stint of ministry. But more importantly, he focused on developing a handful of disciples who turned his vision into a global movement. How did Jesus do it without position or title? Why was his leadership point of view largely informed by serving and self-denial? How did Jesus infuse his passion and purpose into the hearts of his followers? In A Serving Leader’s Devotional, I help you discover some answers by closely examining both the teachings and example of Jesus Christ.
As founder and former field director of a non-profit organization, I’ve learned leadership through experience and the pursuit of my greatest leadership role model ever—Jesus Christ. Looking at the Gospel of Matthew through the lens of serving leadership, I share practical insights that will help you discover how Jesus:
• Ultimately served his Audience of One
• Focused on a few to impact the many
• Stayed aligned with his mission
• Developed and empowered new leaders
• Dealt with temptation, opposition, and rejection
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MATTHEW 4:4, 7b, & 10b
“Jesus answered, ‘It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God…Do not put the Lord your God to the test…Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
In Matthew 4:1–11, Jesus was confronted with three big temptations that every leader will face. First he was tempted to turn stones into bread. But Jesus would not instantly gratify his desires, using his leadership to get for himself whatever he wanted in the moment. Next he was tempted to throw himself off the temple. Imagine Jesus gliding down as a superman in front of everyone. But he wouldn’t use his leadership to make a name for himself; rather, Jesus used his God-given abilities to make his Father famous. And finally, Jesus was tempted to bow down before the devil in exchange for the kingdoms of this world. Although he had come to restore the Kingdom to his Father, he would not use his leadership to take a shortcut to success. Instead, he took the long hard road of the cross rather than sell his soul to the devil. Serving leaders reject instant gratification, leading for popularity’s sake, and shortcuts to success.
KEY QUESTIONS: How has the temptation of instant gratification affected me? Does popular opinion ever affect the decisions I make? Have I ever taken a shortcut to success? If so, was it ultimately successful?
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Oriented in the Biblical text, all prayers in this resource will equip you to pray God’s way. This booklet is a tool for declaring God’s truth over your children. Prepare them to receive the good news of Jesus Christ and embrace life’s challenges by praying Scripture prayers. When praying the text, you can know with full assurance that you are praying what is on the heart of God.
This booklet is a tool for declaring God’s truth over peoples living in falsehood. Through prayer, you can cultivate the rocky soil of hearts resistant to the Gospel and prepare entire people groups to receive the good news of Jesus Christ. With the knowledge of God’s desire for all peoples to know him (1 Timothy 2:4, Revelation 7:9), pray in faith, claiming unreached peoples for the Kingdom of God. All prayers in this resource are oriented in the Biblical text. Praying Scripture is praying God’s way. When praying the text, you can know with full assurance that you are praying that which is on God’s heart.
Prayer works! Prayer is work! Prayer leads to work! Prayer is the work!