Luke 11:27 – And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.
Luke 11:28 – But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
Many times we view what somebody has and overlook how they obtained it. The manifested material gifting is what we term as a blessing. Indeed – it is.
The woman in this scripture passage was praising the person that was picked to bring Jesus to our planet. She proclaimed Mary as blessed because of the miraculous birth and subsequent development of her baby. Mary did what no woman before or since will ever do. She participated in prophecy being fulfilled through her own body. She gave birth to the Messiah. Nobody else will ever have a testimony like Mary’s.
Jesus had a different perspective of what blessing is. He stated that those hear the word of God and keep it are the blessed ones. Mary did both. She heard the word from the angel, and kept the words and pondered them deep in her heart. She faced the mockers and questions head on without staggering at the promises of God. For 9 months she experienced a myriad of transitions, diet changes, and image alterations. Deep conversations were the norm between her and her husband, and the developing Jesus inside of her ultimately altered her life forever.
Jesus was on the earth for 33.5 years. During which, Mary was ever with Him. The physical relationship ended when Jesus ascended into heaven, but the changes in Mary lasted forever.
Often times the material blessing has a limited lifespan. The money will be spent, the car will break down, our voices will give out, and our bodies will begin to lose their rhythm.
Perhaps this is why Jesus placed the blessing on the formation and not the final product. The process to obtaining the promises is actually more powerful than the promises themselves. The journey is the blessing and not the destination.
The formula of first hearing and then keeping will work for your entire life. This guarantees more gifts and fulfilled promises. One-hit wonders are common, but the blessed ones continue to obtain and occupy. It’s the blessing that Jesus talked about that will continue to produce the blessing the woman talked about.
Instead of focusing on your hero’s gifting, why not look at how they got it in the first place? Their personal process to their promise is what gives their gifting so much punch.
How Mary got what she got was the real gift in disguise.
Right before the clouds carried Jesus away; He told the crowd that had gathered to go to Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Holy Ghost. Many didn’t go, but 120 did. Among them was Mary.
The formula of hearing and keeping was part of her lifestyle now.
The blessed will always have blessing.