Yes, absolutely, you!
Titus chapter 2, verses 3-5 gives the call out to “older women” in the church to “teach, and encourage…the young women”.
So, let me ask you a question:
Are there any women in the church, at large, that you are older than?
Then, consider yourself called, by God, to take on the roll of mentor!
“But, I’m not equipped!” you might say.
“I’m just too shy and don’t know how or like to relate to people”, you might reason.
“I don’t have time!” you might protest.
“I’d be a horrible example”, you might lament.
Well, that may be true, and we can address those things in the future, but right now I just want you to start thinking about the responsibility you have, if you are a follower of Christ, to follow God’s instructions, and to begin considering His will for your life in this area. (By the way, if you are reading this post, then chances are it’s something you’ve already been thinking about and considering.)
So, what exactly is this Titus 2 mandate that you’ve been instructed to follow? Well, in a paraphrase, it’s this: women believers have been given a special commission, by God, to build intentional and authentic relationships with other sisters in Christ to instruct and encourage them, specifically in the areas of behavior, speech, work, ministry, and home life for the purpose of honoring God’s Word. Here’s a simple equation to remember…
Authentic Relationships + biblical teaching, encouraging = Honoring God’s Word
As you intentionally seek to build true relationships with younger, Christian women and instruct and encourage them with solid, biblical counsel, you will naturally fulfill your commission as a Titus 2 Woman, bringing glory to God, and upholding His perfect Word.
It really is a simple formula to follow, but it’s one that can be easily over-complicated when there is a lack of training, and/or when it is turned into a church program or project; mentors need to know how to rightly apply the Word of God in the lives of their mentees, mentoring ministry needs to remain organic in nature, and disciples need to be seen as people in order for it all to work really well. ” Many churches and Christian groups around the world do elements of discipleship, but rarely engage in holistic discipleship as modeled by Christ”, explains Eric Russ in a post over at Discipleship Defined – we’ll be getting into the nitty gritty of this in later posts.
All that you need to be convinced of, for now, if you are a female Christ follower, is that you are absolutely called to mentor a younger woman in Christ.
Who might that woman be? A younger woman at church who you are already close with, or a younger believer who you have yet to meet; someone who is already in your close circle of friends, yet possibly a girl who is very different from you, someone who struggles with reaching out to others, or one with “issues” that normally keeps others from drawing close to her. Are you ready to begin imagining who this person might possibly be? Then you’re already starting to see yourself as a mentor. Yes, absolutely, you!
So, take a deep breath, buckle up, and get ready to embark on this journey into the world of Titus 2, biblical mentoring ministry.
May God powerfully use you to teach and encourage other younger women to find complete peace, joy, and satisfaction in following Christ in all that they say and do for the glory of God and the honoring of His Word!