Walking in God’s Favor: Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.” Luke 6:37-38 Msg
Why does it feel so good deep down inside when we give? The Word of God says it is better to give than to receive. Giving is optional. You choose to give or not to give. When you choose to give, it touches the very essence of your soul and pleases God.
Level 4 stewards give wisely of their time, talents or spiritual gifts, and their financial resources so that their choices will honor God. They are so connected to the Source, that they have learned to set boundaries that helps them grow spiritually.
Is it possible to give too much time and energy pursuing material riches? Jesus, the CEO of the universe, tells the story of a business man who was prospering financially.
All his time and energies were preoccupied with how to manage his overflow. Can you imagine having so much wealth that you, your children, your grandchildren, your great-grandchildren and your great-great-grandchildren could not spend it all in a lifetime?
Jesus called this business man a fool because he did not recognize his soul was bankrupt, and his spiritual life was in debt. This obviously successful entrepreneur was blinded by his addiction for more and more wealth.
We believe Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and Warren Buffet all recognize that stewardship is a matter of the soul. Where you spend your time, share your talents or spiritual gifts, and give your financial support tells the world what is important to you.
We personally believe that God blesses you so that you can be a blessing to others. During this holiday season we want to encourage you to make giving a part of your spiritual DNA. Share your time, wisdom, and resources with the next generation. You will be amazed at what God will grow in your life when you sow into the lives of meaningful others. It’s a matter of the soul.
Prayer of Blessing: Lord, open our heart to give generously.
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 six grandchildren. They currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama and blog weekly from their financial workbook ” The Stewardship of Wealth“.