Know How To Be Truly Blessed and Rejoice!
Ask how one is blessed, and you will receive a plethora of ideas. Answers might include good health, happiness, family, wealth, friends, a good job, great accomplishments, retirement, ability to travel, and on and on. None of these things are wrong, unless we allow them to come before God (Matthew 6:33).
Everywhere Jesus went, He was continually teaching (Mark 10:1) and doing good (Acts 10:38). On one occasion of teaching, a certain woman from the crowd spoke up, calling the mother of Jesus blessed.
Luke 11:27, "And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, 'Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!'"
Some feel nothing can make one more blessed than having a child (of any age) doing good things. Certainly this is a reason for earthly happiness. However, we need to consider Jesus' response to the statement made by the certain woman.
Luke 11:28, "But He said, 'More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!'"
Think deeply on Jesus reply,
"More than that..."
More than good health.........more than earthly happiness.......more than one's family.........more than wealth........more than friends.........more than a good job.........more than retirement..........more than travel...........more than great accomplishments...........more than anything else!
If we desire to be truly blessed now and also in eternity, then we MUST HEAR AND DO as the word of God commands as Jesus said in Luke 11:28. Then we can truly rejoice!