What Happened to All the Titus 2 Mentors?
Last night I spoke to a sweet group of home schooling moms about the topic of keeping Your devotional life devotional. I was so encouraged by their desire to teach their children God’s word. We sat and chatted afterwards and as we spoke, the “topic” came up. Titus 2 mentoring. These young women are raising families and they are looking for flesh and blood women who have “been there, done that” to walk beside them and give them guidance. Unfortunately, they are coming up short.
So, I have to ask: Where are all the spiritual mothers?
Titus 2 mentoring is not optional. Ladies, this is part of our calling.
It does not need to take place in a classroom. It can take place in your home, in the car, as you grab a coffee or run an errand. You just need to be available, and willing to answer questions and offer suggestions when asked.
Titus 2 mentoring includes teaching and training. You need to teach the younger women sound doctrine and also train them in practical family life and Biblical thinking and behavior.
Why? So that God’s word will not be maligned.
What do you need to be a mentor?
1. The desire to be obedient.
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.
Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands,
so that no one will malign the word of God.
2. A good testimony– reverent in the way they live- this means you take seriously the commands of scripture and you live in a way that is Christ-like. You aren’t perfect, but you are striving to make much of God and do right. You are literally his servant, doing His will and not your own. (and by the way, when you blow it, you make restoration, for the sake of your own testimony and for the sake of Christ.)
3. Time- it takes time to get into someone’s life and mentor them. Just do it.
4. Grace, humility, meekness- You don’t have all the answers and maybe you have done things wrong. But Titus 2 ministry isn’t about your goodness, it’s about showing God’s goodness. Be honest and transparent with your sisters in Christ. Apart from grace, you would be nothing.
You received with meekness the engrafted word which was able to save your souls, and now you teach with meekness and instruct from the posture of humility.
Older ladies, don’t be afraid.
If God puts a younger mother in your path, help her!
For extra reading on the subject of Titus Two mentoring, may I suggest these that I have found the most helpful?
Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney
Part Two:Where Are The Titus 2 Women?