Walking in God’s Favor: But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded. 2 Chronicles 15:7 NIV
To think like a servant requires a change of heart. A servant thinks more of how I can serve others rather than myself. Once we have acquired a servant’s heart, we no longer focus on our own needs so much, but turn our hearts to the needs of others.
I clearly remember walking into my office twenty-one years ago as a young insurance agent, disappointed with my sales production I had closed for the month. I knocked on Mr. Hundley Batts door and asked if I could speak to him for a moment. “Mr. Batts”, I said, ” I have been out selling all day long and cannot find anyone to sell insurance to.”
Hundley Batts replied, “That’s your problem son, find people you can serve.” Those five words, “Find people you can serve” changed my whole entire paradigm on how I operate my insurance business, www.battsandassoc.com . These days, eighty percent of my insurance business comes from referral business of people who are satisfied with my service.
“Lead Servant” is one of the best ways to describe the heart of a Level 4 Steward. Many faithful stewards begin their spiritual discovery as servants, however they end up as celebrities. They become addicted to the spotlight, unaware that constantly being in the lime light can blind you.
There are four areas of life in which the Level 4 Steward focuses:
#1 How we care for our body(temple)
#2 How we invest our time
#3 How we develop our talents or gifts
#4 How we manage our treasure (financial assets)
This is a holistic approach to service. God wants all of you – not just little pieces of you. The Level 4 Steward accepts the truth that God owns it all, and we are only caretakers, managers, and apprentices . Level 4 Stewards think like servants, not like owners.
Can you be trusted with wealth, power, and social capital? God inspired Michael to start a Business Networking International Chapter www.givers4life.net to help businesses increase their revenue. The heart of the Level 4 Steward is in giving service to others and to God. Level 4 Stewards make sure their lives honor God and make the planet a much better place to live.
Prayer of Blessings: Creator God, thank You for a heart to serve meaningful others.
Michael Vance is a senior account executive with Hundley Batts & Associates and the co-founder of stewardshipofwealth.com. Ardella Vance is a gifted educator and a Master Guide in the Pathfinders Club, a global organization empowered to teach life and leadership skills to young people. The Vance’s have been married well over 25 years and share their lives with four adult children and four grandchildren. They currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama and blog weekly from their financial workbook ” The Stewardship of Wealth“.