“He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.” (Genesis 28:12)
The people that work their way through The Steward’s Calling Process vary widely. Sure, we share a belief in Christ as our Lord and Savior, and a responsibility to live our lives as God would have us. But Kingdom Calling clients come from different backgrounds, are at different places in our walks, have differing financial resources, take varying amounts of time to go through the process. And, of course, each of us has a different path we need to follow.
Yet at the end of this process, most will have become the steward of their finances that we are all called to and inherently long to be. This doesn’t mean that you’ve reached a place of never needing to learn or grow again because this is a never ending process. However, most will have achieved a level of financial protection, success, confidence, and freedom – in who you are and what you manage as a steward – you would’ve never thought possible…and in the direction that God has ordered for you.
And that’s where The Ladder comes in. In this stage, we ask, “where do you go from here? Now that you have accomplished so much in your life, and have become clearer about God’s purpose in your life, what will you do?”
At this stage, you’ve become focused on moving in the direction that He calls you. And you’ve aligned every financial decision in your life with that purpose and calling. The new wisdom you have received in how to properly steward your resources has led to immediate results that you can measure.
But this is not the end. This is a new beginning. God calls each of us to be responsible for what He gives us and to thus represent Him to the world in our area of responsibility. This is stewardship. You’ve now been equipped for successful stewardship in a way that most never achieve. You are ready for whatever come next.
So the question is, where do you go from here? Even though you have grown as a steward and are now far more capable of making godly decisions in multiple areas of your life, it is always smart to keep wise, Godly counsel. You are now in a position to determine unequivocally if this relationship with Kingdom Calling should become a more long term fixture in your life. Many of our clients, no matter what their calling, will decide to keep working with us. Some won’t. Assuming we do continue together, then we will discuss how you would like that to look.
Either way, we talk about future events, opportunities, or resources that could aid you in being all that Christ calls you to be. A plan for how to continue our work together will be established in whatever way is best for you. This process has been the beginning of a new phase of your life and has helped implement a plan for success as you move forward from here.
The Ladder is an exciting place to be. But everyone must begin at the beginning.
This post is Part 9 in the new series The Steward’s Calling. To use this as a growth tool to better understand your own calling, you might start by reading Part 1, Pt 2, Pt 3, Pt 4, Pt 5, Pt 6, Pt 7 and Pt 8.
Artwork credit: “The Ladder”, original artwork by Don Tate