This past Friday (February 12), we had a Cookie Exchange for our newfound Ladies Night for our Salt Lake City location (Every second Friday of the month!) It was encouraging to see women meeting new women, breaking down walls, and building community. It was a success to say the least, especially if you measure success in number of cookies exchanged.
It was a shining moment for our grassroots Women’s Ministry. I’ve recently been learning that a Women’s Ministry doesn’t have to be this fancy, formal, organized program. But, it does have to occur. It’s the day-in, day-out, lived and breathed moments women share with women. And guess what? This is a Biblical idea.
God commands women to learn from other women through Paul in Titus 2.
“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.”
Paul used the Greek word Kalodidaskalous, which has since been translated as “Teach what is good.” Kalodidaskalous is a way of teaching through combining example and behavior, character and lifestyle. Paul is essentially saying, “Teach by your character, but show by your lifestyle.” It’s one thing to teach what is good through instruction; it’s another thing to teach what is good through lived example.
It’s important to understand this isn’t about age. This is about spiritual maturity. A mentor, or someone who is spiritually mature, is one who “has a more complete puzzle of life assembled, guiding me in the placement of my missing pieces.”
Practically, this means we need to be in relationships with others. We can’t learn what is good through an isolated incident. Ask God for humility to start this kind of honest, “teach-what-is-good” relationship in your own life. Ask God for humility to be transparent with another woman so she can learn from you. Ask God for a humble heart to be taught.
“Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will lift you up.” (James 4:10)
Whether it’s over a new cookie recipe, meeting weekly over coffee, or during your child’s naptime, be a Titus 2 woman – one who is not too proud to ask for help, and is never too proud to learn.
Learning and Teaching,