“But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”” – Matthew 14:27 NKJV
Imagine the darkness of the night and the storm that Peter was facing here.
“Common sense” would tell people that it is ridiculous to even get out of the boat.
But, Peter only had one thought: “I’ve got to get to Jesus.”
This belief replaced his terror. This confidence in Jesus Christ put the courage in his heart that he can get through the problem as he walked on water with Him.
This is also how Jesus will change the way you think and live.
“Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him.” – Matthew 4:19-20 NKJV
The call to follow Jesus is actually a call to transformation.
Whatever the circumstances are in your life right now, Jesus will never leave you there.
When you start following Jesus, He will affect every single area of your life: family, friends, relationships, career, character… everything.
Are you willing to trade your life right now for the real life?
Follow Jesus and He will be your trustworthy guide.
“One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.” – Psalm 27:4 NIV
There are so many things that compete for our attention in life.
Work, relationships, career, school, family, friends and even our ministry itself.
We seek all of them and keep ourselves occupied that we sometimes fail to focus on the One whom we should seek.
Jesus promised to be with you always. Do not lose focus on your relationship with Him.
Make sure you are always sensitive to His presence.
Always take the quiet time to get to know Him more in your life. It’s incredible to know where God will lead you as long as your heart is tuned in to Him.
“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” – 2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV
Have you asked yourself this question?
If it was Jesus doing your job, would He do it not in the same way that you are doing it?
Jesus was so focused in His ministry. At the same time, He also focused on building, mentoring and developing people so that His task would continue even after He is gone in this world.
What a great model for servant leadership.
At work, Jesus was someone who accomplished two important things at once — completing the goal and taking care of people.
If you are going to lead like Jesus, you need to focus on both the task and people.
By God’s grace, He has given you exactly what you need every single day to be able to do both at work.
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” – John 14:16-17 NIV
It is so easy to decide when resources are plentiful, circumstances are right and everything is going well.
But, when the tough ones come out where do you seek wisdom and guidance?
Godly leaders know where to seek wisdom when they need it the most.
Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit will forever be with us to guide us and give the spiritual wisdom that is beyond our limited understanding.
He is your counselor. Let the Holy Spirit be your wisdom today.
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.” – 1 John 1:1 NIV
The first disciples of Jesus proclaimed the Good News based on their relationship with Him.
It is the same privilege we have right now as followers of Christ.
As leaders, your knowledge and fundamentals of leadership will always remain empty if it is not founded on the knowledge of Jesus. This is the only way to sustain a lifestyle of servant leadership.
Let your life and leadership flow from your personal relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ.
“At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them.” – Luke 4:42 NIV
Jesus had a lot of attention going into Him during His time.
People were looking after Him, He did His ministry, He traveled a lot and a whole lot more.
But, in spite of all these things going on in His life here on earth He never lost His focus.
How did He keep that?
By always finding time to reconnect with the Father privately.
If Jesus our Savior did that, you should do it too.
A lot of people seem to have a lot of different agenda in our lives. Our family needs something, we need to please our boss, I have to finish school requirements for my teacher, etc.
All of these distract you from the One who has given you your life.
Spend time with God to keep your focus. After all, He is the one that aligns all your priorities.
“You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.” – 2 Timothy 2:2 NLT
Paul was committed to developing leaders in local churches.
That is why it is very evident in his letters throughout the New Testament that his ministry was not about making a name for himself.
His ministry was bringing the good news of Jesus Christ and establishing functioning local churches.
As a servant leader, Paul focused on developing the gifts of others as well as calling them out to follow in Jesus’ footsteps as servant leaders.
Invest in developing people and leaders today.
Let us be united in spreading God’s Word.
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.—Matthew 9:36
Jesus showed great compassion to His people.
Compassion means deep concern.
Here are some reminders of what Jesus did for you:
- He not only created you. He is one of us.
- He walked your path.
- He understands your stresses, struggles and needs.
And, these are some of the things He taught us to do:
- Love others. It is a natural overflow of our love for God.
- We are to love the people who desperately need to be loved.
When you understand what Jesus did for you, you can’t help but be moved by compassion to share the love that He wants us to share to others.
Every morning is a reminder of a fresh start.
God has given us new opportunities and a chance to recharge and renew our perspective.
Whatever it is you are going through with your life right now, you can always lean on to God.
His grace, poured out through the cross and through the Spirit will give you a fresh start and invite you to move forward.
“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV