When the polls open on any given election day, every citizen of the United States over the age of 18 is able to cast a vote. This is an absolute fact that everyone believes in. One can proudly say, "I have the right to vote." However, if you don't take the action to actually do so, your vote is not counted. You have given up, or lost your right. Believing in your right alone is not enough to cast your vote.
The same goes for our salvation. We can truly believe that Jesus died on the cross for all of mankind's sins, but if we don't take the action to accept it for ourselves, it is lost. Jesus told Nicodemus, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3) He later says, "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." (John 3:7) Don't you just love Jesus? I think He's funny sometimes, like here saying, "Marvel not"… or, don't be so flabbergasted. But this is no laughing matter. Jesus goes on to say, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." (John 3:6) If we do not accept Jesus as our savior, we remain only flesh; flesh that dies. When we accept Him, we receive his Holy Spirit, which lives on forever.
The apostle Paul tells us, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Romans 10:9-10)
If you haven't cast your vote for your salvation yet, what could you possibly be waiting for? God has made it very clear that he will close His polls unannounced. "For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night." (1 Thessalonians 5:2) This very second, read this line out loud: "Jesus, I accept your death on the cross for full payment of my sins, and I look forward to being with you in heaven!" Salvation is indeed God's free and unmerited gift to everyone, as long as we take the action to claim it.
Please remember, BIBLE BAIT is written by a novice Bible study student, not a Bible scholar. If something doesn't look quite right to you, dig into God's word. The one thing I promise you is that you won't get bored!