Whether you are aware of it or not, your life is teaching something to someone else. As women who are in Christ, we are commanded to teach what is good, through our words, actions and interactions with others.
In Titus Chapter 2, Paul gave Titus counsel on what must be taught to various groups of people within the Church. He reminds Titus the high importance of teaching what is in accord with sound doctrine by correctly aligning with the Word of God. Just to clarify, doctrine is what the Bible teaches about a certain subject.
Paul specifically addresses the role of the older women to the younger women by stating, “Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled” Titus 2:3-5. Here we see the responsibility that Paul places specifically upon the older women to train the younger women so that they will not bring shame on the Word of God.
Reading Titus 2:2-5 makes me most thankful for the many women that took the time to invest in my life throughout my teenage and college years. They were women that sought God daily and shared His love passionately. They poured their heart into teaching other women what God deems is good and encouraged others to follow after Him. They were always willing to do whatever they could to help other women grow closer to Christ. I still vividly recall verses, stories and life lessons that were taught to me through their words and by their example, and I often find myself using that same knowledge to encourage another.
Older women, take the time to invest in younger women’s lives. It is an invaluable gift that you can give to another. It will not only strengthen someone’s faith in God, but it will strengthen yours as well.
Younger women, look for an older woman that has surrendered all to Christ and intentionally learn from her. Do not pass up the opportunity to be discipled by a maturing Christian woman. Surround yourself with other young godly women who are earnestly seeking after God.
Regardless of age, we all need to “consider how to stir up one another to love and good works” Hebrews 10:24. As the body of believers, we should be encouraging one another towards love and good deeds. Think of ways that you can motivate your fellow sister in Christ and put them into practice. Good works are not to be done for self exaltation, but to bring glory to God. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” Matthew 5:16.
Side note: I don’t know about you, but the term “good works” has gained a negative connotation in my mind. I believe this is because the term good works is often tied to salvation. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” Let me be clear, you cannot earn salvation by doing good works, but you can show the love of God tangibly through good deeds.
As we share God’s Word and proclaim Him with our lives, may we all endeavor to “be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth” 2 Timothy 2:15.
Do not grow weary in doing good, sisters in Christ.