Do you have a "fattened calf"?
Does your church have one?
When I talk about the "fattened calf" I am talking about expectations. You could call it faith.
Where did this fattened calf come from and how long does it take to fatten it up?
I am talking about preparations.
Was it a coincidence that there happened to be a fattened calf ready for the impromptu feast?
Was it actually an impromptu feast? Or was it planned?
The father was expecting the son to come home so he prepared for his arrival.
Are you expecting to see your unsaved friends come to Christ? What preparations are you making? Are you fattening up the calf? Will you be ready to celebrate?
What about your church? What are you doing to prepare for new converts? Will you be prepared to welcome them? Are you ready to celebrate?
Churches that expect to reach lost people show it by fattening up the calf. They have a designated way of celebrating lost sons who return.
For FredWes it is a lighted cross. What will it be for you? What are you expecting? Will you be ready to welcome and celebrate?