Monday, June 13, 2016

Luke 11:27-28

Luke 11:27-28
And it became in His teaching in this place, some voice of a woman out of the crowd said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you and blessed are the breasts at which you nursed!”  But He said, “No!  Rather, blessed are the ones who hear the Word of God and who keep watch over it.”

Thoughts for Today

First Thought:

Some random unknown woman yells out a blessing upon Mary’s womb and her breasts.  Have you ever known someone to have their own agenda and they say things that either aren’t appropriate or at the very least clearly miss the mark of the moment?  That is what is going on here.  This woman has her own agenda.  She wants to draw attention to Mary.  Who knows, maybe she was an early feminist and wanted to show the importance of Mary’s part in rearing Jesus.  Of course, Mary certainly played a very important part.  But the focus should be on God and His work in the world.

Have you ever lost focus?  When are you likely to have something take precedence in your life ahead of God and His work?

Second Thought:

In correcting the woman, Jesus reminds us that our place of starting is in listening.  We need to take a posture of being willing to hear.  We need to accept that we don’t know everything.  We need to accept that we have something to learn.  We need to accept that when we orient ourselves to hear God we will be blessed.

Do you listen well?  When are you willing to listen?  When are you slow to listen?  How have you been blessed by hearing the Word of the Lord?

Third Thought:

However, hearing is not the end of the story.  Hearing is the beginning of the story.  We don’t just hear; we keep watch over what we’ve heard.  In other words, we meditate on it.  We think about it.  We process it.  We make it a part of who we are.  We let it convict us and encourage us.  Here we see one of the main ways that the word of the Lord leads to our blessing.

Where is the Word of the Lord changing your life?  Where are you processing and meditating on the Word of God?

Passage for Tomorrow: Luke 11:29-32
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