More Blessed #602

27  And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!” 28  But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” (Luke 11:27–28, NKJV)

Mary was greatly honored to be the mother of the Christ, the Son of God: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb” (Lk. 1:42). Still, Jesus said the greater blessing comes to the person who listens to the word of God (taught by Christ) and obeys it. This person who obeys the Lord is spiritually fortunate. Here, then, is a clear lesson on the necessity of obedient faith. Hearing God’s word but not keeping it brings no blessing from God. We dare not minimize the value Christ put on obeying the word of God. If you want the spiritual blessings of salvation, a relationship with God and the hope of eternal life, hear and obey the gospel of Jesus (see Jas. 1:22-25).