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Annually on November 26
Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian
As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, "Blessed is
the mother who gave you birth and nursed you." He replied, "Blessed rather are
those who hear the word of God and obey it." (Luke 11:27,28)
Jesus could have put in a good word in this circumstance for His mother but He preferred
not to; rather He chose to highlight the fact that He was more interested in calling them
blessed “who were willing to hear the Word and obey it.” Jesus preferred not to accept
praise from men, for He knew, praise for Him came from His father. Sometimes God does
not show us the results of our work for Him, for we may get puffed up by the praise that
people shower upon us.
There are many servants of God who lament that not much evidence is seen after they
pray for others and not many testify about their efforts. That is only because God knows
that in the early stages of our ministerial work, we may not be able to handle the praise
showered on us and we may become puffed up, steal God’s glory and become targets for
the devil. It’s not that people are not benefited by us praying for them, God just hides it so
that we do not fall, because of the praise.
Jesus said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
Obedience is highly esteemed by God. Look at the Old Testament character called Saul.
God anointed him as the king of Israel, but he lacked obedience to God’s counsel. The
prophet Samuel rebuked him for that and said;
"Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice
of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because
you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king." (1 Samuel 15:22,
Let us make it a point to obey the Word of God at all times for God does not withhold any
blessings from such persons.