Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. (Isa. 55:7)
Details are important. When invitations are sent out, they usually include an RSVP. These RSVPs are very clearly written with a due date and are necessary so that the people sending out the invitations can plan for the event efficiently.
God was very clear in these Scriptures that the salvation message is not forever, but that while he is near, he will forgive and receive. There will be a time, after death, you are not able to hear or respond to the message. All will be lost.
I am so glad God didn’t give up on me. August 1982 was not the first time I had heard the gospel. There had been a couple of times I had attended church when my oldest daughter was young. One time I clearly remember the preacher giving an invitation for people to come forward to receive Christ as their Savior. In my heart, I had an urge to go forward, but I really didn’t understand what he was talking about so I didn’t go forward.
But on that Sunday in 1982, I responded. I acknowledged Christ as Lord, confessed my sins, and received him as my personal Savior. Over the years I have grown in my relationship with the Lord and my understanding of who he is and what he does. He continues to forgive and receive—all because I responded to his invitation.
Receive while the invitation is open and the mercy offered freely.
Yolanda Moore is a retired school teacher, Bible teacher and former state coordinator for the Christian Motorcyclists Association. For over eighteen years, Yolanda held local and district positions within The Wesleyan Church. She is married and has two children.
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