Daily D – Luke 11:27-28
Luke 11:27, 28 As he was speaking, a woman in the crowd called out, “God bless your mother—the womb from which you came, and the breasts that nursed you!” Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.” (NLT)
Jesus received a compliment and passed one along as well. His mother, Mary, was blessed by her obedience to God’s plan and purpose for her life. We, too, can live more blessed lives by following God’s plan and purpose for our lives.
Jesus did not say, “Yes, my mom was blessed to have me!” Instead, he clarified that we can live a God-blessed life when we, like his mother Mary, hear and obey God.
Turn back to Luke 1. Begin reading at verse 26 and continue through verse 38. God made it clear what he wanted her to do. She had legitimate questions in keeping with her character. When she understood her assignment as fully as anyone could, she responded in the manner each of us should.
Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.”
Luke 1:38 NLT
What Jesus said to the woman in the crowd is also his message to us. Hear what God is saying and do what he says. God’s ways are higher and better than our ways. His will and ways are better than our will and ways. What he wants for us is better than anything we want for ourselves.
The more blessed life is living in step with Jesus. It is knowing him and experiencing him in every moment of our lives. It is abiding in him (John 15), drawing nourishment from him, bearing the fruit he produces out of our joyful obedience.
I will live a more blessed life by following God’s plan and purpose for my life.
Our Father, what adventures lie ahead of us today? Show me the way I should go. Lead me. Redirect me as often as necessary. Fill my mind with your thoughts and my mouth with your words. Connect my hands to serve at the impulse of your love. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.