It is not hard to look around and see that there is a great need for discipleship. I have been very blessed to have had several great mentors in my life. However, much of my discipleship has come from godly men in the ministry. I have known several godly women in the years I have been involved with the church, and they have loved and taught me as well. Yet, there is a breakdown in the mentoring of younger women by older women. There exists a gap in the way we train future women leaders in ministry and the Christian life. Scripture calls us, ladies, to reach out to the women around us and help them in their journey through life.
I see some breakdown of mentorship everywhere I go, and my heart is to teach and disciple young ladies. I still also long to be taught; I have so much to learn. Scripture addresses this need for a chain of discipleship. Titus 2:3-5 says, “In the same way, older women are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not addicted to much wine. They are to teach what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and children, to be sensible, pure, good homemakers, and submissive to their husbands, so that God’s message will not be slandered.” Titus is a disciple of Paul’s (He calls him his ‘true child’ in verse 4.), and he is writing to him telling him how to live and teach others to live. Paul had been mentored and passed it on to a great many including Titus. The previous verses of chapter two deal with how there should be sound teaching and how older men should live in light of having accepted Christ. Paul is quite familiar with the false teachings of the day, and he is laying out a standard for believers in each age group to exemplify so that Christianity looks nothing like these false teachings.
Older women are to be an example in their conduct first. They are to be reverent, or respectful, in their behavior. They are not to be women of rumors, or people who say false or malicious things about others, and they are not to be drunkards. In their actions and speech, Paul is telling Titus that older women should be different from the every day world. As they are living out the example, they are to teach and encourage the younger women in their community. They are to show them how to use good judgment, be free from the sin of this world, create a home for their husbands and children, and to respect the authority of their husbands. The older women who have Christian life experience are worthy, precious jewels given to us by God. Their guidance shows us how to live and rear our families while letting our husbands lead our homes as they are led by Christ.
It is a beautiful chain of discipleship! God is perfect, and His design is perfect. There is an order to everything, and He has a role for us ladies as mentors. You may not feel yourself wise or godly, but the Lord wants to use your life experiences to help teach someone younger than you; whether they are physically younger or spiritually younger. Even though I am only twenty-six, I am discipling other ladies my age and teenage girls in our youth group and community. I am passing on what I know. I am striving to live an example. Do not let your lack of knowledge in an area hinder you from sharing what you do know with someone. None of us are experts on everything, but God has taught us specific truths through each of our lives that can bless and encourage someone else. He has us journeying together for a reason. We can impact someone else for the Gospel of Christ.
Paul finishes verse five by saying, “so that God’s message will not be slandered.” We live for Christ and teach others to live for Him so that the world can see a difference in those who claim to be His. If we live lives of sin for ourselves, we shame and defame the holy name of Christ. At all times, we must remember ladies that we are His holy temple. He lives inside our hearts. Our every thought, word, and action should reflect His truth and seek to teach that truth to others so that God may be glorified through us. What better way to live than for the purpose we were created; to make His name famous.
So, get started! Take a young lady (or several) under your wing and show her how to walk with Christ. Serve on a mission project together in your community, bring her to a prayer group at your home or another location, teach a Bible study or invite her to one you are attending, or show her how to dress modestly in a fashionable way through a joint shopping trip. Whatever you do, involve the young lady or woman you are trying to reach in your life. Bring her along side your day to day activities and let her see how you live out your faith. You will be blessed! Have a great week!