Do you have a favorite passage of Scripture? I’d be hard pressed to pick my very favorite, but I do know one that would definitely make my list of top ten. Ready for it?
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).
That may feel like a weird favorite passage. After all, God is barely mentioned and reverence and submission aren’t exactly fun to think about. But I love it anyway because it was the key that turned the lock on a cage I’d imprisoned myself in for years. I’ve seen it do the same for many, many, many (you get the idea) other women in every season of life.
I thought I was just supposed to know how to be a Christian woman, that somehow when I accepted Christ, love and purity and kindness would be automatically downloaded into my system like the latest iPhone update. When that didn’t happen, I spent years wondering what was wrong with me, why I couldn’t seem to master the Christian life. Then Titus 2:3–5 leapt off the page at me.
These are not things I’m supposed to inherently know. These are things that are supposed to be taught. And who are my teachers? Other women! When it comes to living out my faith, wise Christian women were the secret weapon I didn’t know I had at my disposal. We don’t have to flail on our own; God has given us a resource to tap into as we grow in Him. It’s other Christians; specifically, other women.
Living this verse has transformed who I am as woman and as a disciple of Christ. I’m no longer simply trying to talk myself into being a godly girl but am watching the example of older Christian women and seeking to walk like they walk. In the same way, I feel a responsibility to invest in the next generation of Christ-followers. I don’t want you flailing like I did.
Because I believe in the principle of women teaching women across the generation so much, I’m excited to introduce a new series. Our awesome team of writers busted out their investigative reporter hats and interviewed women from different generations. You’ll hear from Liza in her teen years and Marilyn in her seventies (and women from almost every decade in between).
These aren’t ladies who have it all figured out and live out God’s Word perfectly, but they are ladies who love Christ, His Word, and His Church well. It won’t be hard for you to see why they’re some of our new favorite heroes. We are a million percent confident they will encourage and inspire you to live more like Christ.
If that’s not enough to keep you coming back to the blog over the course of this series, let me sweeten the pot. There will be plenty of giveaways along the way, starting today.
Log on to the giveaway widget below, then leave us a comment telling us about one younger woman and one older woman who has helped you live out your faith. I’ll choose five of you to win the Revive Our Hearts calendar for 2017. It’s filled with quotes from Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s new book, Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together, which will be released in March 2017.
I can’t wait to hear about who models Titus 2 for you and to introduce you to some ladies guaranteed to inspire you to live more like Christ.
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