Devos of the Week: Luke 2:49 (NIV)

“Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” Jesus’ early learning at the temple was characterized by sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions.  Seeking God among his people and those who reflected deeply on God and his ways caused Jesus to amaze people with his understanding. As Christians people could we learn more by sitting, listening and asking questions?  Who do I sit with? To whom do I listen? What kinds of questions am I asking these days? – May we grow in wisdom and statue with both God and man, O Lord.

Devo of the Week: John 3:9-10

“‘How can this be,’ Nicodemus asked. ‘You are Israel’s teacher,’ said Jesus, ‘and you do not understand these things?'” Nicodemus had some blind spots, unknowns, and questions. The image of having all the answers can be a mirage in the desert. What things “do you not understand?” Father, I depend on you; Jesus, free me to admit “I do not know everything:” Spirit, grant me wisdom to understand Your ways and movements of grace.

Devo of the week: Proverbs 16:32

“Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.” God calls us to exercise self-control over our feelings. As Christians we are not controlled by our feelings, but by the Spirit who teaches us all truth.  How do we discern the difference between our feelings and the movements of the Holy Spirit?  Can our feelings of peace or unrest be the barometer of our decisions and actions?  – Give us wisdom, courage, and an honest, open heart to discern your ways Lord, that we may think, act, and feel as followers of Jesus.

Devo of the Week: James 3:17

“The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full or mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”  Some people, even those in the church, may be surprised by these characteristics the reveal wisdom.  Who are the people in our world that the masses consider wise?  Who do you consider to be wise?  Are these qualities evident in their lives?  Does your life reflect these characteristics?  Lord, let wisdom be real and enacted in and through my life; let it show as pure, peace-loving, considerate…Amen.

Leadership Devos of the Week – Luke 2:49

“Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” Jesus’ early learning at the temple was characterized by sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions.  Seeking God among his people and those who reflected deeply on God and his ways caused Jesus to amaze people with his understanding. As Christian leaders, could we learn more by sitting, listening and asking questions?  Who do I sit with? To whom do   I listen? What kinds of questions am I asking these days? May we grow in wisdom and statue with both God and man, O Lord.