I am sending invitations for an event I’ve planned for the end of next month. Each one contains an RSVP because the venue I reserved requires a head count and a guarantee of a minimum number of guests in attendance. As the yays, nays, and maybes trickle in, I am amazed at the complicated, busy lives my friends live. I’m wondering, from the responses so far, if I will meet the required number of attendees.
With Easter so near at hand, I recognize that God, too, has sent out an RSVP—an invitation to all mankind to spend eternity in heaven with him.
Soon after He finished Creation God saw that his people were not capable of achieving righteousness on their own, so He sent messengers to them throughout history, couriers who were ignored, brutally treated, or killed.
Finally, He sent the most precious gift He had, his own son, Jesus Christ, to bring God’s message of his kingdom and life everlasting to a stubborn and willful people. The world answered with violence—rejecting the Son of God and crucifying Him on a cross.
But God did not give up on us. Scripture tells us in John 3:16, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him will not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Imagine. A promise of everlasting life if we only believe. God’s RSVP is not restricted to a certain group, or a color of skin, or a continent—it is an open invitation to anyone who believes Jesus is God’ son.
Acts 16:31 says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”
From eternal rejection.
From being lost forever
The RSVP is waiting. Have you given God your response?