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Devotional Preview : Day 1

Am I Listening To God’s Voice?

Every leadership decision I have ever made that produced any type of fruit has not been the result of my brilliance but God’s goodness.  

If you are a CEO, a small business owner, a young leader, or a stay at home mom, let me assure you that listening to God and doing what He says is NOT just for people in the ministry. It’s for you as well! God wants you to be the best version of yourself, the you He made you to be.  

The best advice I could ever give is to listen to Jesus and do what He says. 

We hear from Jesus by reading the Bible and asking for His help in prayer. Almost every morning for the past two decades, I have gotten out of bed, made a cup of coffee, opened the Bible, and tried my best to allow Jesus to shape my heart and mind. Leaning into God as much as possible will keep us humble and remind us what we are doing and Who we are doing it for. 

When our plates are filled with things we feel like we have to do, rather than the things we are called to do, we begin to operate out of obligation rather than celebration. A leader’s responsibility is not to make as many people as happy as possible. A leader’s primary responsibility is to be obedient to God. 

As you start to say no to good things to make room for God things, people will get mad. On those days, remember this: One day when we stand before God, we will be held accountable for whether or not we were obedient to our calling and stewarded the resources He gave us.

Do the job in such a way that on that day we hear, “Well done, my good and faithful servant” (Matthew 5:21). 

What’s Next: 

When can you take some time out of your day to actively listen to Jesus?
When was the last time you heard God’s voice? What did He tell you to do? Have you done it yet?

What is the Lord  telling you to do that scares you to death because you know “they” will not approve? Listen to the voice of God. He is sovereign, and they are not.