We live in a day and age when there is more information available to us than ever before. We can learn just about anything we want to know – instantly – on the World Wide Web.
All of this information really can be a blessing. Whether we want to find out how to roast a turkey, grow artichokes, or understand the meaning of a particular Bible verse, we can simply type whatever it is we want to know into an online search engine and, in an instant, have answers to (pretty much) all of our questions.
But, from a biblical perspective, information isn’t humanity’s greatest need.
And, while a search engine can give humanity an abundance of information about Jesus, it cannot make a disciple, nor can it participate in helping achieve the goal of discipleship, Christ-like maturity.
That God has left to His people, the Church.
As a Titus 2 Sister, you are an indispensable part of this process! (if you haven’t read it in a while, take a few moments to refresh your memory of this truth in 1 Corinthians 12:12-27).
Unlike a search engine, your primary purpose as a member of the body is not to dispense information. You, my dear sister, have been given a much greater commission: “Go and make disciples”!
If that is a little intimidating to you, remember that God has promised, in His Word, that He will be with you always, equip you, and teach you all things relating to this. You may feel like you “have nothing” to add in the way of any significance to the body, but – believe me – you “possess everything” you need to come alongside another younger woman and teach her what it means to follow Christ. There is absolutely nothing to fear.
Ephesians 2:10 assures us that “we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
As you engage in Titus 2 ministry with other women, you will be walking in those “good works”. Some of what you do will come naturally, but there will be times when what you do will require great thought, effort, and even sacrifice.
Loving, serving, and making disciples is not an easy process, but it’s what you’ve been called to and are being equipped to do.
The Apostle Paul says, in Philippians 3:12: “Not that I have already obtained all of this or have already become perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”
Like Paul, we, too, are works in progress. We haven’t attained to all that God has purposed for us, but we possess everything we need to come alongside another woman in Christ and help her walk along the path towards Christ-like maturity with us.
Here are four of your most important “possessions” that God will use to help you mentor and disciple other women:
- Your Life. God has said, in Genesis 2:18 that “It is not good for the man to be alone.” Although He was specifically speaking of Adam in this passage, because all mankind has been created in God’s image, we are – by nature – relational beings. We are not meant to live life on our own, in isolation. Christ has called us out of a safe life of isolation and into the messy world of relationship building. You possess a life that is worth sharing – all of it: the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of it! There are women in the body who need you. They need to hear your story, and experience friendship and life with you. They need to hear about your successes and failures and about the things that God has taught you through all of them. They need to learn, from you, what it takes to love and serve others, how to find joy and peace in the midst of life’s trials, and how to trust God when circumstances are overwhelming. I know that you haven’t arrived yet. I know that you still struggle trusting God, at times, and that you sometimes completely give into despair when things aren’t going right. That’s real life, isn’t it? It’s what makes you human. It’s what makes you authentic, and it’s what a younger woman in Christ needs: she needs to know that there is someone out there, just like her, who doesn’t have life all together, but that knows how to point her to The One who can redeem it all. That’s you. Are you sharing your life in an authentic way with other women so that you can point them to Jesus, the ultimate example of a life perfectly lived?
- Your Talents, Abilities, and Gifts. 1 Peter 4:10 says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms”, and Romans 12:6 tells us that “We have different gifts according to the grace given us.” You possess God-given gifts, abilities, and talents to help the body grow in very practical ways. Are you a natural-born speaker, teacher, servant, motivator, or encourager? Do you love to show hospitality to others? Are you good at cooking, parenting, sewing, building, sports, gardening, writing, or designing? What are you passionate about? What kinds of things do you just naturally do better than others? Believe it, or not, you are an expert in some field! You possess skills in certain areas of life that others don’t have, and you’ve been instructed by God to use those gifts to serve others in the body. There are women all around you that will greatly benefit from what you have to share with them, and it’s a great platform for building relationships. Let me give you an example. I have a talent for gardening, so I grow a lot of the food that my family consumes. Cooking it, however, is another story. It’s not something that comes naturally to me. I rely heavily on the internet for recipes and instructions for most of the meals that I cook. There are other women in my church body, though, that are master chefs – just give them a list of ingredients and off they go creating the most amazing meals ever! Because we are involved in each other’s lives, they are constantly asking me what I’ve got growing in my garden. One time I shared that I had some cabbage, onions, green tomatoes, and dill growing, and an older woman volunteered to come over to my house and teach me how to make “chow chow”. What a treat it was spending time with her! Not only did I learn how to make this new food (and even use a pressure cooker!), but I also learned more about my beautiful sister that day. I learned about other ways she uses green tomatoes, and that she loves to garden, too. I also learned that it has become much harder for her to garden now that she is older and that it is not as much fun for her to do because there is no one left at home to share the fruits of her labor with. We talked about how she misses her husband who was recently placed into an Alzheimer’s care facility, and how lonely she becomes, at times, now that he is no longer living with her. We did life together, that day – just as God intended it, and all because she was willing to share her life, gifts and talents with me. The body grew, that day, and God was glorified.
- Your Knowledge of The Word. Ephesians 4:15 tells us that “we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.” As a believer, you possess the Word of God. It is written on your heart and inscribed into your mind by God, Himself. It is there so that you can speak it into the lives of others God places on your path to help them grow in Christ-like maturity. Even more than our friendship, gifts, and talents, the women God has placed into our lives need to hear His life-giving words from you. “Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances”, Proverbs 25:11 tells us. You possess a treasure. Spend time in The Word so that you know it, not just know about it. Memorize it. Be able to quote from it. God will use what you know, and you have the Holy Spirit to guide and direct you. I am always amazed at how God uses a passage that I’m currently studying to speak into the life of another woman as I share with her the truths that I am learning from it. I have a friend that I meet with each week. We walk together, talk about life, and spend time in prayer. I was sharing with her, the other week, about something new that God was teaching me from His Word in John 13:34, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” I shared how I had never seen this new level of love that we are commanded to give to our fellow believers before. “Now”, I said, “We have to go beyond loving others as we love ourselves. We have to love each other as Jesus loves us!” “I don’t know why I’ve never seen this before”, I told her. “Wow!” she said. “I don’t know if I’ve ever thought about that either!” That sparked a wonderful conversation, for us, about the meaning of the verse, how it compares to the other ways Jesus instructs us to love in His Word, and then we began discussing the perfect ways that Jesus loves the body and how we might imitate that. We both agreed that we’d like to spend more time studying, on our own, how it is that Jesus loves. God used that conversation to spur us both on to more Christ-like maturity that morning. Do you see how He does that when we share our knowledge of The Word?
- Your Knowledge of The Gospel. In Galatians 2:20, it says of the believer, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,who loved me and gave himself for me.” In addition to The Word, you posses knowledge of the most important message in all of history: The Gospel, or “good news“. It’s something that every woman (including ourselves) needs to hear – daily. The Gospel is not only the good news for salvation, it is a message that is intended to resonate with and instruct believers for the rest of their lives. The message of redeemed sinners, living by faith in the Son of God who loves us and gave himself up for us, is one that we constantly need to be reminded of as we walk through this sin-cursed world together. A wonderful book on the subject is Jerry Bridges’ The Discipline of Grace. I highly recommend you read it, if you haven’t. It will help you grow in your knowledge of the gospel so that you can then share it with others in your life. Many Christian women do not have a good understanding of the gospel. “Christians”, Mr. Bridges says, “are not instructed in the gospel. And because they do not fully understand the riches and glory of the gospel, they cannot preach it to themselves, nor live by it in their daily lives”, so they either live “puffed up” in their pride, thinking that they are doing a pretty good job of keeping the rules, or downcast and depressed because they are consumed by what horrible sinners they are. They need someone to share with them, over and over again, the good news of the gospel, so that they can “continually face up to [their] own sinfulness and then flee to Jesus through faith in His shed blood and righteous life”. They need to see that “God has removed [their] transgressions from [them] as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12), that He has blotted out [their] transgressions and remembers [their] sin no more (Isaiah 43:25), and that all these wonderful promises of forgiveness are based upon the atoning death of Jesus Christ” (Bridges). Are you familiar with this gospel? Can you articulate it well? Do you know how to apply it to your life and instruct others in how to apply it to theirs? As you come alongside other women believers, it will be a message that you will come back to over and over again as you walk with them through all of life’s circumstances. It will be one that you will love to preach as you fall in love, over and over again, with its powerful and essential message.
In this day and age of information, you have so much more to offer people than a search engine – your life, talents, abilities, gifts, knowledge of the Word and of the Gospel; you possess, by God, all you need to mentor and disciple other women and help them grow in Christ-likeness. Do you believe this?
“His Word shall not fail you, He promised;
Believe Him and all will be well;
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!”
-from Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus