A Mandate For Women
– by Michelle Du Toit
“…being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Phil 1:6
God gives believers mandates for serving His Church. The Great Call to follow Him (John 10:3-5); the Great Commission (Matt 28:16-20); the Great Commandment to love one another (John 15:12). But the one that floats my boat is the one specifically aimed at women: Titus 2:3-5, “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 train 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 specifically addresses Titus with regards to his role of shepherd/pastor: He is to teach sound doctrine to the local church in Crete. (Titus 2:1) Specifically Titus is to focus on two groups.
First, the ‘Older men’ (Titus 2:2) who are to be: temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, love, and endurance. The second group is the ‘Older women’ (2:3), who are to be taught in an equally intentional way by Titus. They are to be: reverent in how they live, not be gossips, and not addicted to too much wine. Then after giving Titus instructions about the teaching of women, Paul goes on to give specific instructions for teaching young men and slaves. Paul does not give instructions for younger women, instead his instructions are that Titus is to teach the older women, and they in their turn, are to train the younger women. Interesting that they are to train and not just teach. They are to take what is taught in public meetings, apply it to their lives, and then train the younger women to live lives that glorify God, as God instructed. They are to teach what is good because when the younger women live in this way, then people will not “malign the Word of God.” Here is a mandate to “older women”, to minister to spiritually younger women. Older women, what spiritually younger women are you training?
JOY! Magazine (August 2017)