Titus chapter 2, “You must teach what is in accord with 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 too 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. Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.”
As I read these instructions it would appear, in our world today we fall short.
- When’s the last time you took a young man under your wing and taught him the Word of God (sound doctrine)?
- When’s the last time you taught a young man patience when everything inside of him wanted to hit, maim or kill?
- When’s the last time you modeled what being respectful of women and others looks like in practical everyday life?
- When’s the last time you shared the challenges and disciplines of being self-controlled; how pornography and other addictions can shatter and ruin a young man’s life?
- When’s the last time you shared your life with someone?
To my more mature women readers:
- When’s the last time you took a young gal under your wing; came alongside her and taught her what it means to love her husband, if she’s married? Or took a single gal and taught her how Jesus can fulfill the longings of her heart? How to hold on to purity in a world which tells her purity is overrated.
- When’s the last time you came alongside a young mom and offered support and encouragement as she faces the challenge of raising godly children in an ungodly world?
- Have gossip and slander become too common place in your everyday life? Are you struggling with addictions – food, television, romance novels, to name only a few, are addictions as well as pornography, drugs and alcohol. (Men – gossip is not simply a woman’s issue)
- When’s the last time you shared your life with another?
To my young men and women readers – If you are not being mentored, please ask someone whom you admire and respect. Someone who has displayed the character qualities found in Titus chapter 2 to mentor you. Life is too hard to do on our own; the enemy would like to have us think we are self-sufficient, yet we are not – God created us for relationship.
Mentoring does take commitment. Mentoring requires time. No doubt about it, mentoring requires some self-sacrifice. But here’s the thing … It’s not an option. Titus 2:1 says, “you must”. It does not say if you want to… It does not say if time permits… It does not say if you feel like it… It says you must.
We cannot blame the world for its evilness if we’re not willing to do what we’re called to do. If we’re not willing to teach/mentor we have only ourselves to blame for the state of the world in which we live. Mentoring’s much more than telling someone the Bible says…. Mentoring is about doing life together. Mentoring’s about making a difference one person at a time. Mentoring is about changing lives and it’s about changing the course of our world.
If you’re mentoring the younger generation, may God’s favor fall upon you in immeasurable ways. If you’re not mentoring the younger generation may I challenge you to begin today? I promise you will be blessed more than you will sacrifice. As children of God we can do no less. We must…
Until next time,