Spring is in bud and summer will soon be in full bloom. The season bears invitations to graduation parties, barbecues, pool parties and of course, weddings. On the invitation, you will be asked to “RSVP.”
RSVP is an acronym for the French phrase, répondez s’il vous plait, which means “respond if you please.” When RSVP is on an invitation, we are to reply whether we accept or decline.
We may decline an invitation because we have a previous engagement. We may neglect to respond to an invitation because we forget or misplace it. Or we may refuse because we’re too busy.
Have you ever declined an invitation only to find out later how much fun you missed?
Like me, I’m sure you’ve responded to countless invitations. But there is one occasion we don’t want to miss. In the Bible, we are given the most special invitation:
Jesus invites us to come to Him in prayer.
Just think: God wants to spend time with us. We have a privileged, personal invitation from a Holy God, who is called Abba, an Aramaic word which means “Daddy.” It’s as though we get to crawl up into His lap and talk to Him.
After a powerful church service nowadays, people remark, “God showed up.” God did not show up. God was already there. We show up in response to His invitation.(click to tweet) He waits for us to RSVP, to come and receive the blessings He offers. He is the one who brings the gifts…
What a banquet He provides! He welcomes us with unmatched hospitality.
In the culture of Jesus’ day, hospitality was extravagant. Visitors were welcomed with a kiss, had their head anointed with oil, their feet washed, and were given food and drink in plentiful supply. This demonstrates how God receives us. He lavishes His grace on us (Ephesians 1:7-8) and offers us abundant life (John 10:10). Likely this is what David meant when he stated, “My cup overflows” (Psalm 23:5).
And His invitation is without cost. He already paid the price at the cross. All He asks is for us to RSVP.
How about you? What invitations have you missed?
How will you RSVP to God’s invitation?
What might you miss if you pass up, forfeit or decline His invitation?
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