We sat at a small table on the terrace of the church property with our Whoppers, fries and a large cola. She would ask me probing questions and I felt a certain safety in knowing that I could lay my heart and soul bare before her without judgment or condemnation. My pastor’s wife had graciously agreed to mentor me my third year in Bible school. While it was a requirement for my third year program, it came at a time at the lowest point of my spiritual walk with the Lord. We met twice a month; I’d pick up lunch and she would kindly, but firmly, reveal to me from the Bible what God’s purpose was for my life. She always brought it back to the Word.
I will never forget this godly woman. I know that I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for the time she generously set aside out of her busy schedule to disciple me.
Up to that point, I had been content to be an average Christian, with a certain tolerance level for sin and mediocre spirituality. Having grown up in a Christian home, I was adept at talking all kinds of Christian-ese, but my walk proved that I had higher expectations of others than I did for myself. But in the depths of my soul there was a desire for more, I just couldn’t seem to get there on my own.
I sincerely believe that there are thousands of women who, like me, want more from the Lord. They want to attain that higher standard of spiritual living but do not have the accountability and tools necessary to get there. They need a mentor to whom they can lay their souls bare and who will reveal the harder teachings of God’s Word, giving them a reason to stop catering to the lowest common spiritual denominator.
In Titus, the older women are instructed to teach the younger women. This is a biblical mandate that is set before us to not only evangelize the lost, but make disciples of those who have made Jesus Christ their Lord. Jesus doesn’t save us and then leave us to fend for ourselves, just as we do not expect newborns to make their own dinners.
Are you actively growing in your walk with the Lord? Do you regularly hear Him speak to your heart through the Word and in prayer? Consider discipling those women around you who are younger in the Lord. Allow Him to use what He has spoken to you to strengthen them as well. He has called us to go make disciples; He has equipped us with a testimony and the power of His Word. The final step lies with us to simply go!
Rosilind is an American girl married to a Bosnian guy who lives in a small village just outside of Zagreb. They have two crazy boys 3 and under who are as opposite as boys can be. When Rosilind isn't writing, she is dreaming up recipes and searching for ways to organize her home better. You can find her at A Little R & R where she writes about missions, marriage and family, toddler activities, and her recipes. You will also find her onFacebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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