There was much that Jesus couldn’t control in His life. He couldn’t force people to listen to Him, though He regularly called them to hear and obey. He couldn’t make people change their lives and their perspectives, though He longed for them to do so. What He could do was to live and respond each day according to the Father’s will. He wants us to do the same. He calls us to surrender ourselves to God, acknowledge what He alone can control, and continually exalt God in word, attitude, and action.

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.—Matthew 23:37

Prayer: Lord, regardless of how people respond, we commit ourselves to being who You call us to be as leaders. Give us hearts that beat like Jesus’ heart, serving and praying for those we want to influence. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today’s devotional from Lead Like Jesus

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