Lesson 4 in Adorned study
If you’ve ever watched one of those television reality shows about hoarders, you will remember seeing pictures of homes overflowing with stuff.
I want you to consider whether or not you’re a hoarder. Don’t look in your house…look in your mind and your heart. I’m referencing being a hoarder of all the biblical knowledge that you have acquired over the time of your walk with God.
If you’ve been saved for more than a couple of years, consider how many
sermons you’ve heard,
how may biblical podcasts you’ve listened to,
how many revival meetings
or conferences you’ve attended and
how many Bible studies you’ve completed.
Is your heart full of wonderful truth? I can say, “Yes!” What a blessing has been given to so many of us. But what are we doing with that knowledge? Are we, like the hoarders in those reality shows, stuffing it away, piling it up higher and higher, or are we taking what we have and spreading that wealth with others?
Our Titus 2 passage that we are studying admonishes us, The older women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things…
We are to teach that which is good.
You might be tempted to shake your head and say,
“Not me! I’m not good enough.”
We must remember that we are not pointing to ourselves and our goodness when we disciple or mentor a younger woman. If we point to ourselves as the example, that would be to fail, but we are to point her to the Only One Who is good. We must point her to our Savior, the Lord Jesus!
When I look at all the evil that is going on in our world today, I marvel at the blessing that is ours to carry out this mandate here in Titus! This teaching is to be what is good – and the phrase in the Greek is related to the word we talked about in an earlier lesson – Sophron, meaning sound mind. It means to make of a sound mind; to instruct or train someone to behave wisely and properly. Again, this teaching of good comes not from ourselves, but from our good God! Psalm 100:4 For the Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.
Ladies, we have the blessed privilege to give a younger woman the Truth that we have been taught. As we open God’s Word and simply share with her how to apply this truth to her life, we will know the inexpressible joy of this ministry that is gender specific – women teaching women, life on life. Oh, how we need each other in this world that is upside down. What hope we have to offer! What joy! What peace!
Simply be open to the possibilities!
- Open your heart to another woman.
- Open your home and invite her in.
- Open your Bible and share what you’ve learned.
- Open your prayers and include her.
To younger women Nancy asks,
How willing are you to seek out and receive the involvement of older women in your life?
Do you have a teachable spirit?
Do you leave the impression that you can figure life out on your own?
Younger woman, take the initiative. If no one has reached out to you, seek out an older woman who seems to possess the qualities you’d like to embody one day. Ask if she’d be open to visit with you on occasion, answering questions and allowing you to learn from her experiences and together form God’s Word.
May we each be willing to step up and speak up so a younger woman can grow up!
Let’s not be guilty of being spiritual hoarders!