When was the last time you sent out an invitation with the letters RSVP?
Were you frustrated with the response? I bet you were.
Most people know that the letters stand for “Repondez, s’il vous plait,” meaning simply, “Respond please.” But for various reasons, some people never respond. They don’t want to commit. They prefer to keep their options open.
More than once in my Air Force career I worked with protocol officers who organized high-level events for senior decision makers. The percentage of people who “RSVP’d” was no better than for any other event.
But if you’re the type who gets an invitation and never responds, you shouldn’t be surprised if the invitations stop coming.
Jesus was in the temple in Jerusalem, creating a stir as he often did. He’d invited the crowd to follow him, but most people didn’t want to commit. They preferred to keep their options open. In John 7:33, Jesus said, “I am with you for only a short time, and then I am going to the one who sent me. You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.”
It’s one of those things we wish Jesus never said.
The highest-level invitation in history comes with a “Respond by” date.
But we don’t know what the date is.