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“Please Answer”

January 23rd, 2005

R.S.V.P. – repondez s’il vous plait

(“please answer”)


“… when I called, you did not answer”

(Isaiah 65:12)

The calling of God, and man’s answer to that call, is a great theme of the Bible. Many times throughout the Scriptures, we read of God’s calling out to man: “But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9); “…God called to him out of the bush, Moses, Moses!” (Exodus 3:4); “…even us whom he has called” (Romans 9:24; 8:28,30; 11:29). But, whenever God calls to man, that call contains an R.S.V.P., “please answer.”
It is customary for occasions of formal gatherings, such as a wedding, or a social event–by invitation only–that the recipient of the invitation reply with a decision of attendance or non-attendance of the event. We may refer to this custom as etiquette. This etiquette is a type of ticket, entrance or admissibility. But, in the Bible, the call of God’s is never mere etiquette. The call of God goes beyond human conventions; it enters a sacred domain.

1. The call of God involves God’s expectations for man (see Isaiah 42:6).
2. But, human choice is never abolished (see Isaiah 65:12; 66:4).
3. God’s calling is never mere etiquette, but a momentous privilege (Romans 8:30; Hebrews 3:15).

With every assembly, we have opportunity to RSVP. With every opportunity to serve, to worship, to live, we give answer. What will be your answer today? R.S.V.P. while you can: “Please Answer!”

-Robert M. Housby

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