“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” said my teenager with a wink, after announcing his selection as captain of the basketball team.

It’s a phrase often quoted when someone clinches a good job, gains an early promotion, or beats a competitor for a contract. It’s amazing that in today’s society, where so much emphasis is put on academic achievement and experience, a personal relationship can still outweigh other considerations. While a person may have brilliant knowledge and be proficient, they may not be a team player. The value of knowing someone personally builds confidence that they are going to be a good fit for the task.

It’s a statement that is particularly true of Christian faith. It’s possible to have brilliant theological knowledge and a charismatic personality, but lack a personal relationship with God.

A Christian isn’t someone who wins awards for theology, Bible memorisation or adherence to a set of rules. Their only credential is a relationship with God, made possible by Jesus Christ. They commit to following God and participating in his mission.

It doesn’t matter how much you know about God, but it does matter that you know him.

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