Read John 8 today.

John 8:31-40 NLT[31] Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. [32] And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” [33] “But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?” [34] Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. [35] A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. [36] So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. [37] Yes, I realize that you are descendants of Abraham. And yet some of you are trying to kill me because there’s no room in your hearts for my message. [38] I am telling you what I saw when I was with my Father. But you are following the advice of your father.” [39] “Our father is Abraham!” they declared. “No,” Jesus replied, “for if you were really the children of Abraham, you would follow his example. [40] Instead, you are trying to kill me because I told you the truth, which I heard from God. Abraham never did such a thing.
This dialogue between Jesus and the religious leaders contrasted the difference between being a descendant of Abraham and being a disciple of Jesus. A person could be a descendant of Abraham based solely on one’s lineage. Beliefs and actions were irrelevant. This was the view of the religious leaders. It was a position of trusting in an ethnic, familial, or national heritage.
Jesus’ view was very different. His position was that a person becomes a disciple by his/her faith in Jesus and His teaching. One does not become Jesus’ disciple by being physically born into the right family. Discipleship happens when a person chooses to believe and remain faithful to Jesus’ teachings.
This difference of viewpoints is still relevant today. There are those who trust in their family name, or the church into which they have been born and upon its membership list his/her name is found, or even the fact they are citizens of a particular nation. Such things matter and they do have an impact upon our lives, but none of them are the deciding factor in determining discipleship of Jesus Christ.
The question is whether or not we choose to believe and trust in Jesus. In what, or whom do you place your faith?