Before we discuss the Mission of this company (WHAT we do), we feel that it is appropriate to define the Purpose of this company (WHY we do it). It is important for each team member to understand WHY this business exists. We require all who chose to work here to join us in WHAT we are doing, but we leave the WHY up to the individual. Regardless of what drives each of us to do what we do, we feel that it would benefit everyone to have a general understanding of what we mean when we say that we desire To glorify God by being faithful stewards of all that is entrusted to us.
Why do we desire to “Glorify God”? Well, in short we believe that He is the only answer to all of life’s questions. Whether we know it or not, we all glorify something/someone with the lives we live. We might glorify ourselves. We might glorify an idea or belief. In the marketplace, we might even glorify our business.
The founders and leaders of this company believe that the only thing/person worth glorifying in this life is God. While it is natural to want to draw attention to ourselves or our company, we don’t believe that we have much to offer outside of God. Therefore, our prayer is that through our words and actions, others would be drawn to GOD, who we believe has all the answers. We believe He longs to reach his lost children, and He graciously involves us in His relentless pursuit to do so.
The Bible teaches in I Corinthians 10:31 that whatever we do, we are to do it “ALL for the glory of God.” We believe that it is only when hurting people witness His glory and are drawn into His presence that true healing will occur. Therefore, it is at that simple place that we felt we were to begin in scripting the purpose statement of this organization…
To glorify God…
Webster says that to glorify means to reveal or make clearer the glory, or the great beauty and splendor, of something/someone by one’s words or actions. Can our actions really bring glory to the God of the universe? His son Jesus gives us the answer:
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven”
While we could perhaps limit our Purpose to those three words “To Glorify God”, is it possible to get a little more specific based on the fact that we are a business in the marketplace? A business, or any organization for that matter, is simply a collection of resources brought together for a common purpose. At Betenbough Homes, we believe that those resources belong to God. We do not own what we have; we have simply been entrusted with the stewardship of them for His purposes. Therefore, we have added this thought to further specify our purpose…
…by being Faithful Stewards…
If God can receive glory through faithful stewardship, then it would seem appropriate to carefully assess what exactly we are stewarding so that we can be intentional in using those resources for His purposes. Of course, money is generally the first thing that comes to mind. As a business, we have certainly been entrusted with financial resources, and it is very important that we remain committed to using those resources to glorify Him. In addition, though, we are stewards of a vast array of other resources. We choose to group our entrusted resources into four categories:
Each moment is a gift. Our time on earth is limited, so how are we spending it? What is the focus of our days? What are we pursuing? Life is full of distractions as the enemy attempts to steal our focus and influence. A life of purpose will not happen accidentally, but involves honest assessment followed by intentional focus.
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.
We are stewards not only of WHAT we have, but of WHO we are. Each of us has been uniquely created so carefully that there has never been or ever will be someone like us. There are no such things as “secular” gifts. Everything was created by God and for God. With this in mind, are we hoarding our talents for our own gain or are we intentionally generous with them as we seek to serve others?
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalms 139:13-14
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Through the years, we have been entrusted with many physical resources. Of course this includes money, but it also includes land, buildings, homes, vehicles, equipment, technology, etc. We believe that God gives good gifts to bless His children, but we further believe that the gifts are to be used to bless others as well. We must take care of the things we have, and actively seek opportunities to share with others.
Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.
I Corinthians 4:2
This comes with time. It is earned…and can be either positive or negative. As we continue on our journey, doors will be opened for us to step through with both our words and actions. As we are faithful in the stewardship of the first three categories, we will be blessed with more opportunities to positively influence the world around us.
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.”
So, because we are stewards of many types of resources, we felt it was important to complete our Purpose Statement by making it clear that we desire to be faithful stewards of not only financial resources but…
…of ALL that is entrusted to us!
We believe that we are called to be living testimonies of His goodness. When we wake up each morning, we aim to steward our resources in a way that brings attention to the glory of God in our sphere of influence. Scripture teaches that each person, and therefore each organization, is uniquely created, having a unique platform in this world to accomplish this purpose.