Salvation is a gift offered to everyone, but it’s up to each person, as an individual, to accept it and live accordingly. One problem the Israelites had was understanding that Abraham’s righteousness did nothing to enhance their position with God. 

We’re all aware of the expression, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” This expression tells us that our individual efforts aren’t as important in getting ahead if there’s someone we know who has already “made it.” It’s called nepotism, and the only people in favor of it are those who benefit from it. 

While nepotism might be a thing here in the world, in terms of salvation, it doesn’t matter to God who your parents are or whether or not every person in your family has been saved and gone to the same church for hundreds of years. You’re not making it to Heaven on anyone else’s dime. The concept of nepotism isn’t anything new, and we can see traces of it in the Bible. Like this verse from Ezekiel.

“Son of man, the people living in those ruins in the land of Israel are saying, ‘Abraham was only one man, yet he possessed the land. But we are many; surely the land has been given to us as our possession.'”

Ezekiel 33:24 (NIV)

In the book of Genesis, God made Abraham a promise.

All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.

Genesis 13:15 (NIV)

Because of this promise, the Israelites thought they could live however they wanted to, and God would never deport them from the land he gave to Abraham. God, of course, saw things differently.

Therefore say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Since you eat meat with the blood still in it and look to your idols and shed blood, should you then possess the land? You rely on your sword, you do detestable things, and each of you defiles his neighbor’s wife. Should you then possess the land?’ “Say this to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: As surely as I live, those who are left in the ruins will fall by the sword, those out in the country I will give to the wild animals to be devoured, and those in strongholds and caves will die of a plague.

Ezekiel 33:25-27 (NIV)

After being deported from Israel, one might have thought that the Israelites understood that they needed to follow God on their own instead of relying upon Abraham’s righteousness. Unfortunately, the propensity of the Israelites to lean upon Abraham didn’t end in the Old Testament.

Don’t just say to each other, ‘We’re safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.’ That means nothing, for I tell you, God can create children of Abraham from these very stones.

Matthew 3:9 (NIV)

Therefore, the expression, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” will only count for you getting into Heaven if the person you know for yourself is Jesus. 

Do you know God? God knows you, and he loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, and he wants you to know him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, freed from death, and live eternally with him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart and receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.