Walking in God’s Favor: Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share. 1 Timothy 6:17,18 NKJV
Level 4 Stewards Must Become Good Servants
To think like a Level 4 steward requires a change of heart. A Level 4 steward thinks more of how you can serve others rather than yourself. Once you have acquired a servant’s heart, you no longer focus so much on your own needs, but turn your heart to the needs of others.
I clearly remember walking into my office years ago, as a millennial insurance agent, disappointed for not obtaining the sales goals I had planned for the week. 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 business. These days, eighty percent of my business comes from referral business of people who value my time, business & insurance intelligence, and the value added services we offer.
Level 4 Stewardship Is Beyond You, If Serving Is Beneath You
Level 4 Stewardship is one of the best ways to describe the heart of a servant. 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 the Level 4 Steward will primarily focus:
#1 How you care for your body(temple)
#2 How you invest your time
#3 How you develop your talents or gifts
#4 How you manage your treasure (financial assets)
Level 4 Stewards Serve Those They Lead
This is a holistic approach to serving. God wants all of you – not just little pieces of you. Level 4 Stewards accept the truth that God owns it all, and we are only caretakers, managers, and apprentices . They think like servants, not like owners.
Can you be trusted with wealth, power, and social capital? The heart of the Level 4 Steward is in giving service to God. Level 4 Stewards make sure their lives honor God, and their life work leaves the planet a much better place to live.
Prayer of Blessing: Lord, empower us to live as faithful stewards, serving others.
Michael J. Vance is the co-host of the podcast Better Husband Father Man hub for all things; parenting, marriage, and self-improvement. He is a financial & benefit risk manager with Hundley Batts & Associates Insurance Agency Ardella Vance volunteers her time, talents, and financial resources to causes she is passionate about. She is a gifted educator and a Master Guide in the International Pathfinder Club a global organization empowered to teach life and leadership skills to young people. The Vances have been married well over 3 decades and share their lives with four adult children and ten exceptional grandchildren. They currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama and blog from their workbook “Stewardship of Wealth”.