Have you ever thought about who is closest to the heart of God? We probably assume that it’s the people who attend the highest number of church services per week or those who can get up an hour earlier than they need to in order to have a quiet time. The list could go on but we must look to see if Jesus has anything to say about it.
I was reading through Luke recently when it struck me that twice Jesus makes very positive statements about particular people: those who do!
The first is in Luk 8:20-21 And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you.”  But he answered them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.” I usually moved on over this verse thinking about the controversy of Jesus’ family looking for him to exorcise him because they assumed he was oppressed by a demon or gone out of his mind (topic for another post). So he gives a good answer.
But it’s more than just that. I believe it contains an important truth. I realized this when I reached Luk 11:27-28 … a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!”  But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”
God said from the beginning that his Word is not just for knowing but for doing. (Lev 22:31) Then some of the last words in the Bible are saying the same thing: Rev 1:3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. AND Rev 22:7 “And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
Those who hear the word of God AND keep it are close to Jesus’ heart! They are like family to him. They are blessed people. Jesus has high regard for these people!
Is the opposite true? Are those who hear but do not practice least close to Jesus? It is possible to know God’s word, hear God’s word regularly, be in places where God’s word is mentioned all the time and yet fail on the most important thing: doing it? That is a real danger. James says (Jam 1:22) that we can simply deceive ourselves. There is also the parable of the man who built his house on sand. How do we avoid this? What is leading us to be hearers but not doers of the word? Comment below.