I knew a woman in college who was interested in learning more about Jesus. However, as sincere as her desire was to receive God’s offer of salvation and eternal life, she could never take the final step because she was held back by a horrible thought. “What if I was never destined to be saved? What if I am destined for hell?”
Although I, and many others, tried to explain to her that she was seeking God because He was drawing her to Him. But for many years, she was unable to accept this. Finally by God’s mercy and grace, she was able to accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She understood that God is near to all who call upon Him.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
Psalms 145:18 (ESV)
God speaks to everyone. Some readily answer His invitation. But for others, the layers of sins and pride hinder the pure message of God’s invitation from coming through. As believers, we are tasked with presenting the Gospel to all. And we do so with confidence that we are doing God’s Will, since He does not wish anyone should perish.
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 (ESV)
From the second we are born, we are sinners destined for hell. It is painful to admit this but once we realize we are completely and utterly helpless to save ourselves from eternal separation from God, this is when we can turn to God, confess our sins and helplessness, repent, and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Thanks be to Jesus Christ for dying on the Cross for our sins and being raised from the dead.
Hell does not have to be our eternal destination.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.