Jesus knows what is important.
Jesus thrives on the word of God, His Father.
Jesus knows how to be happy.
And … Jesus lets us in on the secret.
While he was saying these things, some woman lifted her voice above the murmur of the crowd: “Blessed is the womb that carried you, and the breasts at which you nursed!”
Jesus commented, “Even more happy are those who hear God’s Word and guard it with their lives!” | Luke 11:27-28
Jesus knows that it also comes with a price. I have to do my part and guard what I hear from God. Guard it from what?
“Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.” | Matthew 13:18-23
Jesus is teaching me. I must:
- Hear God’s Word.
- How many times does Jesus say “Let him who ears to hear, let him hear.”?
- Guard it with my life.
- Keep the worries of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth under check.
That is it.
That is the real deal.
That is the main thing about the main thing.