Jesus was again teaching in front of a crowd. A woman in the crowd screamed at Jesus that his mother was blessed, because she bore him and nursed him. Jesus had a great response.
Jesus responded that those who both hear and keep the word of God are also blessed! This is great news for those of us who give 100% in trying to keep God's word. This is bad news for those who do not give 100% in trying to keep God's word.
Note that both hearing the word of God and keeping it are in play here. We cannot only be hearers of the word (James 1:22). And how are those who have never heard God's word to keep God's word!? Both hearing and keeping God's word are important.
Hearing God's word does not simply mean listening to a sermon. Hearing God's word involves Bible study. It involves reading the Scriptures. It involves a daily devotion to God's word. We must maintain a daily habit of reading Scripture. It is fairly easy to read a chapter or two each morning, and think on it for the rest of the day.
Keeping God's word does not mean having a Bible in your house. Do not get me wrong, it is great to have a Bible handy at all times. This provides more opportunities for studying God's word. However, keeping God's word means being obedient to God. It means turning to Jesus, Who was completely obedient to God, and imitating Him. It means turning from our sins and embracing God. It means obeying both the written word and the Word-made-flesh (Jesus). Today, we can all make a commitment to not only hear (read, study, and listen to) God's word and keep it. When we do this, we can truly make an impact on our world, which so desperately needs Jesus.