As the daughter of Evelyn and Bill Hamon ministry was, and is, my life. I am blessed through their steadfast example of what it means to be a steward of God. I know that when Mom reached heaven she heard her Father say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” This is something we all want to hear Him say, right?
The Bible tells us that simply preaching and prophesying is not enough. Matthew 7:21-22 speaks of entering the kingdom of heaven. “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them I never knew you depart from me ye that work iniquity” (KJV).
I believe that we can all agree that we do not want that to happen. When we get to heaven we want God to say that we cast out devils in His name, prophesied in His name, did all these things in His name. We want to accomplish what He has called us to do. So how do we change the last part of Matthew 7:21-22? How do we get Him to say “Well done! Now enter in.”? Matthew 25:21 gives us some insight: “His lord said unto him, ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord’” (KJV). Therefore, when we are faithful over a few things, He will position us to rule over many things and to enter into the joy of the Lord. We want that. We want our portion!
I married at 19 to a pastor in DeFuniak Springs, FL and spent the next ten years in pastoral ministry. At the same time, I owned and operated a small business. After a season, we relocated to Arizona and spent the next decade in traveling ministry. In the midst of all of this we had four children, so along with raising my family I managed operations for the ministry. I have traveled the world preaching and prophesying and although I try to be a living example of stewardship to my children, grandchildren, and the Body of Christ, I know I am still in this process. If you are reading this, then you are still in this process too.
Luke 12:42, tells us, “And the Lord said, who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?” According to this scripture obtaining our “portion” is accomplished by being that faithful and wise steward. Does this mean that being a good steward means being faithful? Yes! I Corinthians 4:1-2 “Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful” (KJV).
The word steward is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as, “a person who is put in charge of a large estate, an administrator as of finances and property, a person whose job is to manage the land and property of another.” The word steward in the Greek stems from Oikaonomls meaning, “a person who manages the domestic affairs of a family or minor, a treasurer, a chamberlain of the city a manager.” From this we can conclude that to steward means to manage or administrate the finances, property, etc. that belong to someone else.
The word servant in Webster’s is defined as “a person devoted to another or to a cause, creed etc. A servant in Greek stems from, Doulous meaning, “one who is of permanent relationship of servitude to another. His will altogether consumed in the will of the other.” According to this we see that a servant is consumed in the will of another. We are to be altogether consumed in the will of the Father. We are to be wise stewards and good and faithful servants in all that belongs to Him.
The word good stems from the Greek Ajathos meaning, “profitable, useful, pleasant, agreeable, joyful, happy, excellent, distinguished, upright, and honorable.” The word faithful stems from the Greek Pistos meaning, “certain, true, trustworthy, observant of, steadfast of one’s trust.” We are to be faithful, trustworthy, and observant of one’s trust. People are supposed to trust us. God is supposed to be able to trust us as mangers who are useful, pleasant, agreeable, joyful, happy and excellent.
The word wise stems from the Greek Phronimos meaning, “prudent, sensible, intelligent, mindful of one’s interest.” We are to be prudent, sensible and wise.
When I put all of these meanings together in one sentence it reads, “We are to be good, profitable, useful, pleasant, agreeable, joyful, happy, excellent, distinguished, upright, honorable, faithful, certain, true, trustworthy, observant and steadfast of one’s trust, wise, prudent, sensible, intelligent, and mindful of one’s interest. As stewards we are simply in charge of His large estate. We are His administrators of finance or property. It is our job to manage His land and property and to be a servant in permanent relationship to Him, altogether consumed in the will of the Father. Most of us are not completely there yet but this is what we are striving for.
It is clear that we are to be managers/stewards yet what kind of managers are we in our own house? Are we good managers over what God has given us: our body, soul and spirit, families and finances? Are we managing our house well? Are we prudent, joyful, happy, successful, useful and devoted? Are we 100% consumed by God?
Years ago I owned a yogurt shop. I was the boss. It was nice being the boss but it came with added responsibility. I had employees that depended upon me and I depended on them. When the business started going down I still had to pay those employees. It was not their responsibility or concern that I was putting my own money into the business just to keep it afloat. This is why Jesus said the government is on His shoulders and our burden is easy. Because He is the owner. God has given us promises and He keeps His Word. He is the boss and we are His managers. We are here to manage what He has given us to manage.
Are you a good steward of your body? Hebrews 12: 1-2 tells us, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” We have a race to run! Have you ever seen people running races? They prepare first by stretching, working out, and lifting. Steven Covey said, “sow a thought reap an action, sow an action reap a habit, sow a habit reap a character, sow a character reap a destiny.” Are you managing your mind and body well and are you ready to run the race?
Today, I work for both Christian International Ministries and Bill Hamon Ministries. Bishop Hamon founded this ministry but does that mean it belongs to him? Does Vision Church at Christian International, belong to Pastors Tom & Jane Hamon? According to scripture and the definitions we have learned here we can conclude that the answer is no. It is God’s ministry, God’s church. Bishop and Pastors are good managers and faithful servants for Him but the ministry and church belong to God. So do they have to worry about it? No, they just have to manage it. Think about the load that takes off of us. It is not our sole responsibility because we are just stewards over what God has given us. That is why the Bible tells us not to worry.
At Christian International our CEO is my brother, Dr. Tim Hamon. He is also my boss so if he asks me to take care of something, I do it. Even though he is my big brother I still do it. Why? Because he is my boss. But what happen if it does not turn out well? If I am not a good steward/manager where does the blame fall? If it falls apart where does the blame fall? If I do a good job who gets the praise? In either scenario who are we going to look to? The boss! Thank the Lord, He is the true boss and that His yoke is easy.
Are you a good steward of your finances? Is your money yours? No, you are just called to manage what God has given you. You can’t take it with you when you die. I have never seen a hearse pulling a haul. Let’s say there is an alcoholic, a drug addict, a homeless guy, living in a box right outside of your office door. God speaks to you and tells you to give him $10,000. You know the man is intoxicated and you can even see track marks on his arms. It is evident to you that he is an addict. Yet as you walk by God says “Give him $10,000.” This is $10,000 of your hard earned money. What do you do? If you are obedient you give him $10,000.
So you give him the money and then what? Do you stand there to see if he is going to buy alcohol or drugs? Maybe, but is that what God said to do? Did God ask you to sit there and watch to see what he does with it? Were you a good manager? A good steward? Did you do your part? Were you faithful? Were you wise? Yes! Because if God told you to do it then that is all you need to know. Tithes and offerings are treated in the same way: a simple act of obedience. You are just a steward so the money is not yours to begin with nor is it your place to monitor where the tithe and offering is spent in the church. Once it is given it is in the stewardship of that ministry or church. It does not matter if it is used to pay the electric bill, buy new chairs, pay for the cleaning, or air conditioning. What matters is that you were obedient to do your part.
Are you a good steward of your family? Are you a good servant in your family? God’s word instructs us to “train up a child in the way they should go.” We have to train our children. We train them to brush their teeth so that their teeth don’t fall out when they get older. We train them to dress. We train them to bathe. We train them to be good stewards/servants of His property. We train them in church and we train them out of church.
When I was little my Mom would take my brothers and I to church – every Sunday. We not only went to church, we participated in church. One Sunday during praise and worship everyone had their hands raised. That day I did not want to raise my hands so I kept them at my sides. Mom noticed and leaned down to whisper, “Raise your hands and praise the Lord.” Well, I have a little bit of a stubborn streak and did not obey. So she told me again, “Raise your hands and praise the Lord.” That time when I did not obey she pinched the lower part of my inner arm twisting it a little for emphasis. As soon as she did that the tears started flowing, my arms went up, my hands went up. I was crying. After service people came up to Mom and said, “I was so blessed by your daughter and how the anointing had her crying with her hands lifted high.”
You see, I was under authority and my Mom made sure I knew who the boss was. She was training me up in the way I should go. Correction is a part of this process. God gives us the promise that if we train our children they will not depart from it. Learning to honor my mother and father, my family, was a part of this process. And later, learning to submit to my husband was also a part of the process.
So what are we to do? We are to seek God constantly. “Choose on this day whom shall you serve.” Follow the manual (Bible) that God has given you to live by and choose Him. When I meet my heavenly Father face to face I want to hear Him say to me, “Well done my good and faithful servant!” I want to know that I was a wise steward and a faithful servant. What about you?