I’ve dabbled in She Reads Truth plans since it started over two years ago, but only recently have I consistently followed a plan and actually finished it. My favorite book of the Bible is Hebrews, and out of desperation to read Scripture daily and just because I take any excuse to read Hebrews, I began that plan on the SRT app.
For the first time in my entire life, I was consistently reading the Bible and I was also doing it largely in the morning, in the slow moments just before I started work. It’s been transformative to start my day quietly and with Jesus.
Have I mentioned how much I love Hebrews?
I knew I wanted to walk through the In Everything Give Thanks and Advent plans as they’re published, so a few days before I finished Hebrews, I started looking for something that would fit in the eleven-day span I had between finishing that and beginning IEGT.
And wouldn’t you know but that there’s an eleven-day plan on SRT? It’s called Titus.
Which I have, to my recollection, never read. Ever. So I was pretty stoked.
Yesterday was day four of the Titus plan, which drew from the following verses:
You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. 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. • Titus 2:1-5
A few weeks ago, I jumped into high school ministry at my church, a decision which God had been pressing on my heart for over a year. I’m passionate about raising up the next generation to be fearless and bold for Christ, even as I learn what it means to walk that way myself, but I’ll also tell you I had to battle fear once I had committed to serving.
I’m bolstered to find these verses in Titus: they’re God reassuring me that in this season, the good fight looks like fighting for the women behind me. I’ve spent the past few years fighting for my own knowledge of Jesus and I feel like now I stand on a pretty firm foundation even as I continue to wrestle. And I think, whether or not we feel we know enough about God or the Bible or what church and ministry and community entail, if we have walked long enough to know that He is good, that He is faithful, that He is refining us, that He has saved us with His death on the cross, that’s enough to point the next generation to Him. That’s enough to tell the women behind us Jesus will bring them through as He has and is bringing us through. That’s enough to tell them He alone is worth our money and time and effort. That’s enough to tell them even though we continue to struggle to walk faithfully, He shows up consistently and leads us on.
That’s enough to tell them to hold unswervingly to the faith we profess, for our God is faithful, and to receive an unshakeable kingdom with thankfulness, worshipping our God with reverence and awe, for He is a consuming fire, and to remember those who walked before without receiving the promise, because faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see, and when we stumble and cry out, we have a High Priest who is not unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, which do not condemn us because there is none of that for those who are in Christ, which we can be since His blood has forged the way, breaking the bonds of death and enabling us to serve the living God; AND SO, holding onto the hope we have, firm and secure, may we continue to praise and give and share, because with such sacrifices God is pleased.
(I did mention how much I love Hebrews, right?)
That’s a lot of responsibility to take on with any one person, much less a group of people, which is why I think we’re always supposed to be mentored as well as mentoring. In Priscilla Shirer’s study on Gideon she mentions we’re always supposed to be the older woman and we’re always supposed to be the younger woman, because we’re always sandwiched between generations. And even if we’re on one end of the age scale, Kelly’s post on discipleship mentions that spiritual maturity is no respecter of age and just because someone is physically younger or older than you doesn’t mean they have reached a spiritual equivalent, because we don’t all meet Jesus at the same age.
Speaking of Kelly’s post, do you think God is trying to tell me something?
I’ve mentioned community has been a hard thing for me to walk into and through, but Jesus has been faithful as I’ve jumped in various places, and I’m thankful for His provision. I’m grateful for older women who are pouring into me and I’m floored by Jesus calling me to pour into women younger than I.
Here’s my challenge to you this week: who are the older and younger women in your life? Do you have them? And if not, what are you going to do to go find them?
It’s not easy. It never will be. But it’s the good fight. And sister, will you fight with me? For righteousness in you and righteousness in others? Our God is faithful, and He has already handed us the victory. Let’s remind ourselves how by pointing each other continually to the cross.