One of my very favorite verses of the week is Luke 11:27, which reads:
As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “God bless your mother - the womb from which you came, and the breasts that nursed you!” He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
Granted, my favorite verse is generally the last one that I read. But still - this one is fantastic! Allow me to explain why I think so.
Here was a woman simply there to learn about Jesus. In that crowd almost 2,000 years ago, she was so awed that at the risk of annoyance, or even hatred, from other people, when Jesus had finished speaking she just had to yell at him. And not just, "yeah! Go Jesus!" She yelled, "God bless your mother - the womb from which you came, and the breasts that nursed you!" Despite the generic appearance of such a blessing, I imagine that something like that statement could only be yelled with the utmost sincerity and intensity.
But what makes this passage so much better is Christ's response. He doesn't just say, "Thank you. Have a great day everybody - catch you later!" like would be expected. Instead, he's gently correcting the idea that women are blessed solely for their ability to give birth to great men.
Instead, Jesus is saying that we all have equal ability to hear the Word of God and put it into practice, and that is where our blessings will come from, not secondhand relations to Jesus or other great figures. Each of us has been fearfully and wonderfully made to yearn for Christ in a way that brings us individually to greatness in Him. In the Kingdom, there's no such thing as riding on coattails into heaven.
Of course, going to heaven isn't, and never was, about our individual greatness, weighed on some proverbial scale. Nor is it even about heaven! Heaven is simply eternity with Christ - what more could we ask for?
I imagine heaven to look like Jesus, stepping off his throne, just to have a day of fishing or hiking alone with us. It will be constantly learning more about him, exploring space to discover more about what God has made. It will be creating new inventions of exploration and cultivation, and proudly presenting them before God in his throne room. Heaven will be one-on-one friendship with our Creator and friend.
But for now, just know that as women, our greatness isn't simply found in birthing or relating to greatness. Jesus himself has shown us, even when we didn't believe it ourselves, that we have equal access to the Kingdom of God simply by being us.