Women spiritually mother women by sharing the gospel and our lives as we encourage and equip them to live for God’s glory. This is so important in the life of the church that when God sent His Son into the world, He provided an older woman to disciple the young woman chosen to mother the Messiah. Elizabeth and Mary embody Titus 2 discipleship.
When Elizabeth became pregnant, she said, “Thus the Lord has done for me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among people” (Luke 1:25), echoing Hannah’s prayer, “O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on . . . your servant” (1 Sam. 1:11).
After the angel’s announcement to Mary, she “went with haste” to Elizabeth’s home. The young woman went; the older woman welcomed.
“Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit” (Luke 1:41). God empowers us to be and to make disciples.
“Blessed is she who believed . . . what was spoken to her from the Lord” (v. 45). Elizabeth teaches Mary that blessedness comes from obedience to God’s Word.