“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9
It was Valentine’s Day, 1979. Everything was ready. The response of the teenagers (who signed up to come) was very encouraging, 40 in all. The fellowship hall was decorated to a “T.” The steaks, with all the trimmings, were ready to be served. My wife and I sat waiting for the crowd that would never come.
At the last minute, both the parents and teenagers had decided to spend their evening doing something else. No one came! We were heartbroken at the rejection of the gift and labor of love we had offered to our young people.
The letters RSVP stand for the French phrase responde vous s’il plait…or , “please respond.” This phrase on an invitation asks that you let the host or hostess know whether you plan to attend the function. Every invitation marked with RSVP requires that you call or write the host to let them know that you either will or will not be there.
Occasionally, a handwritten invitation will say, “RSVP, regrets only.” In this case, you are required to notify the host only if you will not be attending. However, a truly thoughtful guest, who plans to attend, will call or mail a note to the host to say thank you for the invitation and to confirm that he or she will attend.
Imagine that you planned a catered party for fifty guests and you were paying twenty-five dollars per guest. Then imagine that half your guests failed to respond, and then of them did not show up. You would be spending two hundred and fifty dollars for people who simply were not considerate enough to let you know that they could not be present. Would you consider those people to be thoughtful friends?
The most important RSVP in all of life is our response to God’s invitation to spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Jesus, God’s only Son, came in the flesh to share the Good News that God was inviting us to become a part of His family. Jesus paid the price on the cross, and then rose from the dead three days later.
In doing this, God showed His love for us and offered us the opportunity for forgiveness of sin and a relationship with Him. Jesus’ death completed God’s plan for our eternity. There is a catch: the God who created us without our help will not save us without our consent!
We must respond to God’s RSVP by confessing with our mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and by believing in our heart that God raised him from the dead. Those who neglect or postpone their response may find themselves “shut out” from God’s mercy and life! Don’t you wait! Do it today! This is an RSVP – for eternity!