As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” Luke 11:27
He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” Luke 11:28
Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. John 13:17
Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. John 20:29
But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it – not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it – they will be blessed in what they do. James 1:22-25
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what this written in it, because the time is near. Rev 1:3
Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll. Rev 22:7
I don’t think Jesus meant to diminish the role of motherhood. After all, Mary nursed Jesus, weaned and potty trained him, fed and clothed him. And greater still, taught him how to act rightly, to know and love God. She taught him his first theology. In the words of my brother-in-law:
Jesus too, although he was also divine, had to learn how to talk and read and write and do math or carpentry properly (none of which is innate or instinctive, but requires training). But more importantly, I think we can assume that as a boy, Jesus also had to be taught how to share his toys, and to not always insist on his own way. In all that sort of training, Mary would’ve played the most important role. [She had] more influence, humanly speaking, over the kind of person [Jesus] became than any other person ever would or could have.—Rev. David Handy
A woman’s life is truly blessed not when she becomes a mother, but when she hears and obeys his Word. The crowning glory for a woman (as for a man) is to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. This is a woman’s true identity, and the only path to blessedness. To base our identity on anything else is to stand on shaky ground. But nothing can ever take away from us our calling as disciples of Jesus.—Carolyn Custis James, Lost Women of the Bible
Mary was not blessed (well off) because she was Jesus’ mother. She was blessed because she heard his word and obeyed. And she indicated this when she responded in obedience (“Let it be to me according to your word”) and became a disciple of the Kingdom of God.
Like Mary, I am not limited to the role of mother. I cannot rest on the laurels of the achievements of my son or find my value in the person he becomes. (This is actually what the Apostle John calls the pride of life in I John 2:16, and is not a characteristic of someone in the Kingdom of God.) Instead, I am blessed when I attend to and consider the word of God, keep it and obey it. As Jesus called Mary to be his disciple, he calls all of us.
What is your identity based upon?
How are you blessed according to his definition?