“R.S.V.P. is a French phrase, “répondez, s’il vous plaît,” which means “please reply.”  If you are sent an invitation, the person sending it would like you to tell him or her whether you accept or decline the invitation. Etiquette rules followed in most Western cultures require that if you receive a formal, written invitation, you should reply promptly, perhaps that same day. It is the simple courtesy of responding to someone who was nice enough to invite you.”

If you use Facebook, you are probably aware that you can create an event invitation and send it out to all your friends at once. All you do is create a page with the details of your event, and with one click of a key, you’re done. No trip to the store for invitations. No envelopes to seal. No stamps to buy.  Just….CLICK! Your friends are notified that they have an invitation, and all they have to do is go to the event page and click “Attending”, “Maybe attending”, or “Not attending.” They don’t have to pick up the phone or email in order to R.S.V.P. Again. Just…CLICK! It’s done!

From the time that you send the invitation until the time of the event, your friends will get regular reminders. If you need to, you can write a message to all those invited in order to keep them updated on anything they may need to know concerning the event. I love the convenience of it!

There are a few things that can cause it to be less than ideal.  Sometimes people don’t  check their event invitations. They ignore them. Sometimes people who are using Facebook don’t check in often, so they miss it. Other people ignore the invitation and don’t bother to respond.

In thinking about this one morning, I thought about the Holy Spirit and how He tries to connect with us throughout our day. It caused me to ask myself some questions.  Am I tuned in to the Holy Spirit and his promptings throughout the day?  Am I doing anything to hinder myself from hearing the promptings?  Am I ignoring them, not sure if I want to hear them, or even letting Him know with my actions that I am not available?
Responding to the Holy Spirit is even easier than Facebook, but it takes a heart that is willing to relinquish its desires.  You must choose to direct your attention from what you are doing to what He is saying.  It’s as simple as a breath…or a glance.  It’s mostly an invisible choice to listen and not ignore.  Simple.   But because of the spiritual battle we are in, it’s not always easy.  Simple–but not easy!

I am challenged by this thought.
How many times a day do I ignore the Holy Spirit? Do I R.S.V.P. to His invitation to rely on  God’s grace and strength?
  • When I want to sleep in and I know my family needs me to serve them.
  • When my husband is not paying attention to my needs and I am irritated.
  • When someone unexpectedly needs me and my plans go out the window!
Am I  keeping myself tuned in to the Holy Spirit so that I actually HEAR His voice?
  • Am I disciplining myself to spend time with the Lord daily?
  • Am I allowing myself to get wrapped up and distracted by the philosophy of this world?
  • Am I choosing to bring every thought captive and have a mind set on God?
How many times do I hear His voice, but don’t bother to R.S.V.P.?
  • Am I aware of the constant spiritual battle that I am in or am I lazy, staying neutral when I know He is trying to get my attention?
  • Do I delay putting into action the things I am learning, because it takes too much work?
  • Do I get excited about things He is teaching me, and then forget them when I get caught up in daily life?
Because of what Christ did on the cross, we are morally obligated to R.S.V.P. to His voice.  To ignore the promptings of the Holy Spirit is to ignore God’s tender, loving,  merciful, grace filled leading in our lives.

“R.S.V.P. is a French phrase, “répondez, s’il vous plaît,” which means “please reply.”  If you are sent an “invitation” by the Holy Spirit, He is sending His prompting out of love for you,  but you must decide whether you accept or decline it. Because of His love for you, and what Christ did for you on the cross, He wants you to hear Him speak so He can guide you. You should reply quickly. It is your obligation to  respond to the One who has been merciful enough to “invite”  you.”

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1 Comment

  1. What a great analogy. I had not thought about how we try to be gracious in our
    responses to invitations from others, but not so much to the Holy Spirit because it can go unnoticed, so to speak. You found just the right way to depict His invitations to fellowship with Him and all that He wants to do in our lives through that fellowship.


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