As He was saying these things, a woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “The womb that bore You and the one who nursed You are blessed!” He said, “Even more, those who hear the word of God and keep it are blessed!” – Luke 11:27-28 (HCSB)
Why did Jesus reply as He did to the woman in the crowd? Was it a rebuke? Was it a correction? It seems as if Jesus is attempting to refocus the attention of the woman. She is focused on His mother and the honor Jesus brings to her. Jesus wants the woman to focus elsewhere. He wants her to hear what He is saying and, after hearing, go out and put those words into action.
It’s easy to get caught up in the words of a good sermon or in the excitement of a Christian concert. We need to make certain there is more than simply emotion in play, however. We need to take the lessons we learn and apply those to our lives. When you are involved in a great church, particularly in the mega-churches today, it’s easy to look forward to the next service simply because of the atmosphere, the people you will see or the production of the service itself. The above passage can serve as an admonition against this type of attitude.
We must never lift up anything or anyone. Only Jesus should be lifted up into a place of worship. Don’t look forward to the next sermon; look forward to applying what you will learn to your daily life. Don’t look forward to the next performance from your worship band; look forward to the conversation you will have with God as the band leads you into the Lord’s presence. Take what the Lord reveals to you and simply obey. It’s never about the vehicle; it’s about obedience to the message. If we are walking in pure devotion, our very lives will cry out in praise to the Father without any additional help from us. We need to simply focus on His Glory and then obey.
Father, give me the discipline to obey You in every moment of my life. Forgive me when my focus gets distorted and I turn away from You. Help me see everything through Your eyes.