“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.”
Everyone likes to receive invitations, to know that our presence is wanted. The invitation pictured here is to invite people to the concerts put on by my French chorale, Joie et Vie.
I remember when our daughters were married and the long process of picking out just the right invitation with the right look and feeling tones. The invitation says something about the one who gives it!
There is an invitation given in the very last chapter of God’s Word. It is extended by two different sources: the Holy Spirit, and the bride, being the Church. We have the privilege of cooperating with Him in getting out this invitation. It is given to those who recognize their thirst and the need to satisfy it with the Living Water, Jesus Christ.
Normally, an invitation includes a date, a time and a place. The fact that this invitation is issued at the very end of time is another example of God’s patience and desire that ALL come to repentance (II Peter 3:9) The time? II Cor. 6:2 says that NOW is the time of salvation. There is no ending time listed. The place is His presence. It is amazing that He wants me in His presence forever.
Like all good invitations, this has an RSVP. He awaits our response. Some invitations say, “regrets only.” The regret that comes from refusing to come is a regret that will be eternal. I am so thankful to have heard Him say, “Come.” Thank you Lord, for inviting me. Help me be faithful in inviting others.