“And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.” (Matt. 3:9)
Have you ever noticed how some townships, cities and counties are named after a person, usually one who was influential in the growth of it from its inception? The descendants of that person usually carry some form of weight within that community, unless they have not maintained the standard to which those with that name, those who are direct descendants of that person desire to be espoused in the community, those are the black sheep, so to speak, the ones not mentioned, the ones who are seen as a disgrace to the name.
Living vicariously through another is not a life worth living my friends, it has no foundation but pride in the accomplishments of another.
While we are to pray for the peace of Israel, but you must remember this, along with every Gentile who has denied the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and now suffers in hell, so will everyone who is a seed of Abraham who does the same. Because your earthly father may be saved does not mean you are, no one rides on the back of another through that strait gate, your lineage means nothing to Almighty God.
There are untold millions of souls in hell who scream, “I have Abraham to my father!”
“So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:12)
Alone before the Lord, with no one to point to, with no one there to defend you because you bear their name, because you are a descendant of them saved, or eternally lost.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
One door to heaven, one way to be saved, there is no other that can present you to the Most High as acceptable in His sight, that can declare you righteous but the Lord Jesus Christ. The Father sees you in Him, not your father, mother or brother, not any in your family that came before you, not even if they have stood justified in His presence for many years, you are accountable for you.
I do not believe that those who have gone on to glory spend much if any time looking down here to see what is transpiring, but I do contemplate this at times, do they speak to the Lord about those they loved here?
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16)
Those prayers indeed avail much, but how much towards the salvation of another I cannot say, for you must consider this, and in no disrespect towards those you love, those you hold dear to your heart. Who would come first in those prayers, your son or daughter who does not serve the Lord Jesus Christ, or someone across the planet whom you do not know anything about except their name? Can you treat your own unrepentant child, one who continuously denies and even hates the Lord Jesus Christ as one to whom you are not to cast the pearls of the Living God before?
Probably not, but again I ask you, are you supposed to?
“The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.” (Prov. 10:7)
If one you love dearly is not chosen by the Lord, you and I will know sadness in heaven, and you must prepare your heart for that today. Because you love the Lord Jesus Christ, because your name is written in the Lambs Book of Life does not mean that all those you love will have their names written there also.
Pray for them, diligently and with much supplication, continue in hope, but prepare your heart for sadness, for disappointment.
“And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?” (Mark 3:33)
There are those here today who will be your eternal family, rest in this truth.