Jesus gave His life so that ALL may be saved and receive eternal life (John 3:16-17). It is a free gift. However, we know that if a loved one gives us a gift, but we leave it on their table and go home, it is useless to us.
If it is not received by us, taken into our hands from theirs, it is serving no actual purpose for us. It is still there, yes, a beautiful package, but waiting yet still for us to take it, open it, and make use of it. If, for example, it were a check for $1,000, you would not even know the money was there!
Salvation works this way. Some out there say that all people are already saved, but this is a lie! Yes, God desires that all people be saved and Jesus did what was needed so we can be, but you cannot be saved until you RECEIVE the gift of Jesus having saved you from death.
Jesus has paid the penalty for you, but you have to receive it: You have to believe in your heart that Jesus is the Son of God and gave His life for you, and then surrender your life to living for Him. You have to receive the truth of this for yourself personally (Romans 10:9-13).
If you have not received this outrageously awesome gift of eternal life, please do so right now. It will be for you the start of an exhilarating, joy-filled adventure unlike anything you have ever imagined.
It’s NOT religion or a law as it has often been portrayed, but a betrothal: Falling more and more in love with the One you were created by and created for, for all eternity.