Posted| August 9, 2017

Stewarding Working Relationships

Ephesians 6 [Slaves and Masters] Subordinates and Insubordinates
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart.Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free.

 Paul stimulates one of the earliest conversations on equitable relationship building. Mutual accountability

 He creates a mindset that even the success of our business, our work, our assignments, contracts and commitments are all successfully governed by unapologetic stewardship.

 In the passage he uses the example of slave and master. He uses slaves with earthly accountability as well as slaves with heavenly accountability.

 We are not simply managers of the things God as assigned us.

We are actually challenged to become better managers of ourselves.

We are challenged to elevate the management of our behavior, our tongues, our actions, reactions and deeds.

And everything we do should be done working for the Lord and not humans.

Our truest reward is connected that specific delineation.

 But what does as unto the Lord really mean?

The best practice of the productive behavior requested by God/

Radical Stewardship demands example driven processes from us that reflect a faith-based accountability.

Effective Stewardship should affect every area of our lives. Both directly and indirectly

Everything we do, must me tasked as if the end user is God himself.

The person I’m doing business with is God

The person you’re in love or relationship with is God

Live as if your body is the Temple of God and belongs to Him.

How do we accomplish stewardship of effective relationships today when we wrecked something or someone yesterday?

It’s easier said than done. Here are a few thoughts
1.Recalibrate your pattern and timing of response. Pause prior to pursuit. Select your words as if speaking to the Lord himself.

2.Keep your word, even to your own hurt.  [Psalms 15:4]

3.Remind yourself that God’s stenographer is present. [You are not responding to man, you are responding to God and His Angels.] Matthew 12:36 says: “…every idle work is written in Heaven and we will be accountable for”

Radical Stewardship forces us to surrender our very nature to God’s ultimate definition of faithfulness and stewardship.

He owns and controls it all. And if we manage it properly, humanity cannot amend His grace and blessings toward us.