RSVP Today- For We Are Not Promised Tomorrow
A Fictional Narrative And An Invitation To All
“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring” (Proverbs 27:1).
One day after checking his mailbox as he arrived home from work; a man found an envelope addressed to him and his family. The envelope was richly embossed with gold leaf. He opened the envelope to find an invitation to a marriage banquet. The invitation itself was deep red with gold letters laying out a most incredible invitation. Everything was to be provided for at this grand banquet. It was free to the man and his family and promised a wonderful time to all that attended.
The man showed the invitation to his wife and family. They too could not believe all that was promised to those that attended. After a family discussion, they decided to accept the invitation and attend the banquet. They were surprised to learn that all their neighbors had received the very same invitation and had decided against attending. The neighbors said they had other plans and did not want to go. The man and his family made preparations to attend this grand banquet. They waited for the date to arrive with great anticipation.
So, who was this family that received this wonderful invitation to this lavish banquet with all things provided. The answer to that question is: The invitation has been given to everyone and every family – all have been invited, and all must respond. One can ignore this invitation, but that is the same as turning it down. To attend we must acknowledge the Lord’s great sacrifice. He shed His Blood for us at Calvary to pay the sin debt owed, and to provide this invitation. All must consider their response carefully. The decision to attend, or the decision to ignore or turn down this invitation, is the most important decision we will ever make. The Lord awaits our response and the response of our family. The following verse shows us how to accept all the Lord is offering with this invitation:
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved, and your house (family)” (Acts 16:31)
As has been stated, the Lord’s great sacrifice at the cross has made the way for this incredible invitation to go out to all. Those that will accept it will be blessed in this life with the knowledge of the Lord and will spend eternity with Him. The following verse explains some of what we have to look forward to:
“And God will wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
So, we have a choice. The invitation has been sent to all those in the world. How will we respond? Will we gladly accept, realizing the wonderful gift the Lord has provided for us, or will we, like the man’s neighbors, decline the invitation? God has given us free will. We must choose to accept or reject, the Lord’s most unbelievable invitation. An invitation that in no way we deserve. It’s a gift to us from God because He loves us and wants us at the banquet and with Him in eternity. The Book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible, says this about the marriage supper – the Marriage Supper of the Lamb:
“Let us be glad and rejoice and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife (the redeemed) has made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white (Righteousness due to what Christ accomplished on the cross): for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. Blessed are they which are called into the Marriage Supper of the Lamb” (Revelation19:7-9).
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