As he said these things, 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!" When the crowds were increasing, he began to say,"This generation is an evil generation. It seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be to this generation."
Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it...
Blessed. Are those. Who. Hear. The word of -God- AND keep it...
Keep it. The word of God.
Blessed are you.
He has called me to holiness.
He has called me to literally lived a -set apart- life.
The bible calls for us to do a lot. Love. Love rightly. Withhold judgment. Keep our cool and not murder people. We are reminded of these things daily...
But He also calls us to Holiness.
...He calls us. He calls me. Why are we not answering? "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?" -- Luke 6:46
He was he sign of Jonah for OUR generation. If you do not know the significance of that, look it up. See what message God sent with Jonah.
He calls us to holiness because He knows what happens to us when we do not live a holy life.
That is what we like to call, the Father heart of God.
He wants us to succeed.
Same reason earthly fathers give curfews... they know the destruction the darkness brings. So does God- the Father.