June 21, 2019 • Life for Leaders
I will proclaim the LORD’s decree:
He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have become your father.
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.
You will break them with a rod of iron
you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”
Therefore, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear
and celebrate his rule with trembling.
Lord Jesus Christ, you are indeed the unique Son of God. You are King of kings and Lord of lords. All nations, all corporations, all organizations, all churches ultimately belong to you and exist under your supreme sovereignty.
By your grace, Lord, may I serve you with reverent fear in all that I do, whether I work for compensation or as a volunteer, whether I’m a CEO or a brand new intern, no matter my position or salary, my fame or obscurity.
Today, Lord, may I live with you as my King, serving you with faithfulness and joy. Be glorified in my work today. Amen.
Ponder Throughout the Day:
Meditating on God’s Word will help you to be fruitful in your work.
For Further Reflection:
The line in quotation marks above is a paraphrase from Abraham Kuyper’s speech opening the Free University in Amsterdam in 1880. You can read an English translation of this speech here: http://www.reformationalpublishingproject.com/pdf_books/Scanned_Books_PDF/SphereSovereignty_English.pdf.
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Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a Senior Strategist for Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where he focuses on the spiritual development and thriving of leaders. He is the principal writer of the daily devotional, Life for Leaders, and the founder of the De Pree Center’s Flourishing in the Third Third of Life Initiative. Previously, Mark was the Executive Director of the De Pree Center, the lead pastor of a church in Southern California, and the Senior Director of Laity Lodge in Texas. He has written eight books, dozens of articles, and over 2,500 devotions that help people discover the difference God makes in their daily life and leadership. With a Ph.D. in New Testament from Harvard, Mark teaches at Fuller Seminary, most recently in his D.Min. cohort on “Faith, Work, Economics, and Vocation.” Mark is married to Linda, a marriage and family counselor, spiritual director, and executive coach. Their two grown children are educators on the high school and college level.