TiTUS 2:1, 3-5, 7-8 MSG A God-Filled Life
Your job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine… Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior…But mostly, show them all this by doing it yourself, incorruptible in your teaching, your words solid and sane. Then anyone who is dead set against us, when he finds nothing weird or misguided, might eventually come around.
This morning we had our first T2W gathering, and we all learned a lot about connecting and mentoring. After enjoying some delicious food, we all watched this short clip from PropelWomen.org on mentoring:
Mentoring – Propel Women
After the video, we opened up our hearts and shared with each other. This is what we learned today:
Titus 2 Women (Mentoring) – What is it?? It’s simply a reminder to be intentional to connect with other women and to let God lead. You can connect with a few or with many. We are all designed to connect.
Connect :: Grow :: Respond
We can connect by sharing with each other, encouraging each other, and praying for each other. We should be intentional to point one another to Christ. Mentoring is an overflow of His love. In order to pour out, we each have to be filled. This isn’t a gas station where you are either the nozzle pouring out or the tank taking in – it is more like a waterfall letting His spirit constantly flow through each of us.
One of the first things we should recognize is that walking alongside a sister in Christ is Holy Ground. Susie Larson shares this in her book The Uncommon Woman on page 78, “As I have suffered from the pain that has both come at me and come from me, I’ve come to realize something very important: Christ’s work in all of us is sacred. Your process, my process, messy as it is sometimes, is holy ground.”
She goes on to say on page 79, “Greater still is that when we stand shoulder to shoulder with our arms linked, the enemy will have a hard time knowing where I end and you begin. Then, suddenly, my victory becomes your victory. My fruit becomes your fruit. And when we stand together, Christ commands a blessing.”
With mentoring, there is no cookie-cuter, step by step way to do it. You simply let the Holy Spirit guide you and obey. Here are just a few personal examples we shared today on very practical ways to reach out and connect with each other:
- Ask for prayer. Share your struggle. I am really struggling with _________. Can you please pray with me? Keep in mind when someone is willing to share with you, they just need you to listen and care. Let them share in confidence and then pray and point them to Christ. Pray for them to see His perspective. There is nothing we can offer like the gift of prayer.
- Invite them to join you for Bible Study or small group. Help them to plug-in. Make them feel welcome. Encourage them. Ask them questions. Listen.
- Take a walk with a friend. Let them talk. Be a good listener. Let them cry, or laugh. Sometimes just being there matters, and being heard makes a difference!
- Feed someone who is hungry or needs fellowship. Open up your home and share His love through hospitality. Be an example of His love for others.
- Prayer is key! Pray for the Lord to lead you. Pray for Him to guide you and equip you. Pray with others, and be sure to ask others to pray with you. Be specific and be bold with your prayers. Pray with confidence: This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. (1 John 5:14 NIV)
- Trust God as He brings others into your life. Trust Him to equip you and to fill you with His love and allow His love to overflow to others. Trust Him to give you patience and discernment.
This adventure together is exhilarating! When you think about it, you are basically sharing your testimony of HIS faithfulness and we overcome by the word of our testimony! We can overcome and help others by sharing our own journey with the Lord. When you are vulnerable and willing, God honors it because it connects His love with others and gives them the Hope of Christ!
None of us have it figured out. None of us have arrived, or have it all together! But we do have our Lord Jesus Christ and we have each other. Let’s journey together as sisters in Christ and grow in our relationship with Jesus!
So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books. 2 Peter 1:5-8 MSG