Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Servant Leadership...Stewardship!

As every man has received a gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (1 Peter 4:10)

Hello again my friends! In our last post I pointed out one of the 10 Principles of Servant Leadership, foresight. Foresight is a very valuable principle because it helps us with following principle, stewardship. Stewardship is one art that very few people can totally master because of a variety of reasons. Here's the summary for our next principle, stewardship.

Stewardship - Robert Greenleaf's view of all institutions was one in which CEO's, staff, directors, and trustees all play significance roles in holding their institutions in trust for the great good of society. 

God has entrusted us with so many resources such as time, talent, and treasure (money). Stewardship of those three areas will define us before God and before man. In a perfect world, we'll be able to totally fulfill every single one of these areas of stewardship. But since we don't live in a perfect world, we all know that would be practically impossible outside of God's hand in our lives. With that said, how do we go about being as masterful of these resources as much as possible for the greater good of society and more importantly. pleasing and glorifying God Himself?

In a nutshell, it pretty much boils down to two areas, discipline and mindset. This also brings up another question. How do we develop and nurture the discipline and mindset to becoming better stewards of the above three areas of stewardship? Here's another scripture verse to further drive home the subject of stewardship and this should pretty much answer the above question as well.

Commit your works unto the LORD, and your thoughts shall be established. (Prov. 16:3)

My friends, the Bible tells us to commit our works (professional, personal, and ministerial) to the Lord. When it comes to ministry, such as missions, evangelism, hospital visits, etc....etc, it is very easy to be able to place our focus on the Lord because the very essence of servant-leadership comes to the surface so easily. When it comes to our professional and personal lives, stewardship becomes a huge gray area. From a professional standpoint, a good example of a huge gray area would be the possibility of overlooking our relationship with God because of the potential promise of success and potential windfall in money and influence.

From a personal standpoint, the subject of self becomes the center of your focus. There's nothing wrong with wanting to take care of ourselves. The issue that I want to point to is when we lose so much of focus of what God is trying to do in our personal lives, the possibility for abuse begins to open a "Pandora's box" of sorts. In other words, we are to commit every single area of our lives to the Lord. As Christians and servant-leaders, we are held responsible to God and to each other to be wise stewards of EVERYTHING He gives us.

He gave us TIME, TALENT, and TREASURE (MONEY), for all intents and purposes of accomplishing His perfect will for our lives with the goal of pleasing Him, blessing ourselves, and benefiting everyone that we come into contact with.

Like I mentioned earlier, we don't live in the perfect world. So with having said that, we will fall short in any one of the three areas of stewardship listed. I'm not in any way, shape, or form encouraging anyone to make excuses. Maybe this particular post will rub you the wrong way. If that happens to be the case, no apologies will be made and let me tell you why. When it's all said and done, it's God we will have to answer to and not just to each other.

Be encouraged my friends, all of us, INCLUDING ME, have alot of ironing out to do when it comes to how me manage everything God has given us. As far as I'm concerned, God has blessed me with an "abundance" of time. Given that fact, it's extremely important that the time given to me is used for His glory, not just to my benefit. As far as talent is concerned, I have been told that I'm a jack-of-all-trades, but master of none. Maybe this explains why I'm currently writing...lol! As far as treasure (money) is concerned, I will openly and candidly admit that this is one area that I have been struggling with as of late.

I'm not going to sit here and make excuses for my financial shortcomings, but one thing is for sure, not only does God have my finances in His hands, He also has the finances of all of His children in His hands as well. Without a shadow of doubt, all of us in some way, shape, or form are struggling in this area as well as the other two areas already mentioned. That is why when it comes to stewardship, God MUST be involved. Many of us, including me, learn what must be done to be the wise stewards God expects of us to become once we have lost everything that we hold and cherish. PLEASE FRIENDS, while YOU still can, don't make the same mistake me and so many others before us have made into trying to create the dream(s) on our own and without God's blessing, approval, and favor.  

So friends, are you honoring God by being the best steward you can be for His glory?

I know I said a "mouthful" on this post and I want to thank you all from the very bottom of my heart for reading this far, but as God already knows and we now know, this principle is one of those principles that will either make us or break us. The choice is obviously ours. This principle will challenge us more than any other principle that has already been mentioned because this principle requires that we have mastered the vast majority of the principles already mentioned from previous posts.

With all that said, I want to thank you all again for reading this post. May God continue to bless you and keep you all friends! Jesus loves you and so do I!!!!...:-)