Luke 15:23 – “Bring the fattened calf and kill it! Let’s celebrate with a feast!” TLV
Ephesians 3:20 – “Now to Him who is able to do far beyond all that we ask or imagine, by means of His power that works in us, 21 to Him be the glory in the community of believers and in Messiah Yeshua throughout all generations[c] forever and ever! Amen.” TLV
The passage in Luke is the father’s response when the prodigal son came home in repentance. He never let the wayward boy finish but forgave him and accepted him back into the family. His response was “Let’s celebrate with a fattened calf.” If you remember the story, you remember the response of the older brother. He was angry and refused to come in for the celebration.
A great tragedy in the lives of many, too many believers, are living beneath their promised privilege in Jesus. For whatever reason, they never access the provisions in the promises. If we study the Bible, we will discover that we have manifold Promises from God, and those promises are awaiting our apprehension and acceptance. Simply, all we have to do is believe they are for us, believe we are in Christ, and accept them. Yes, it is that simple but not always easy.
We cannot miss the biblical reality that God Knows Everything! He knows our hearts, our thoughts, our intentions, our motivations, and our actions. There is nothing hidden from the eyes of our Creator. He is the All-Seeing Eye. and He is Watching!
It would behoove us to realize that God Never Wants Second Best for us or from us. Remember His Gift? He gave the best heaven had to offer in the birth, life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus. Therefore, if He gave heaven’s best for us, He expects our best to be given to Him. Total Surrender and Total Commitment!
Another important reality is that God has provided an inheritance for us. In illustrating that truth, I refer to the Prodigal’s brother. The older brother stayed at home, while his younger brother squandered his inheritance and in so doing the wealth of his father. His younger brother had lived in such a manner as to disrespect their father and their God. He was livid and bitter toward his brother.
When his father threw a party for the wayward young man, the older brother complained. He told his father that he had faithfully served and never received a reward. His complaint was, “You never even gave me a Billy goat to have a barbeque with my buddies.” His father, right said, “Son, son…All that I have is yours.” Simply, you could have had whatever you wanted but you never asked. The older brother’s attitude and actions resulted in somebody eating his calf.
In Galatians 3:13-14 – “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”— 14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham would come to the Gentiles so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” NASB Then in verse 29 of Galatians 3 we find the powerful declaration, “and if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the Promise.” That is incredible!
God made the Covenant with Abraham. In Galatians 3:15-17, Jesus confirmed the covenant and made it plain that we are heirs according to the Promise. In Deuteronomy 28 we have a list of the Blessings of Abraham. Then in Hebrews 8:6, we read, “But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, to the extent that He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.” NASB
You must catch the truth presented here. Our Covenant is a Better Covenant, even better than what God promised Abraham and that was incredible. But if we do not believe that it is ours and appropriate it by faith, we will live watching someone else eat our calf. It is time that we believe God’s Promises, embrace them as ours, and begin to Enforce the Victory Jesus Won at Calvary, and live in the fullness He has Promised.
You are an heir of God and a joint heir with Jesus. The Promises of God are Ours! It is time to participate in the celebration and stop letting someone else eat your calf.
God bless you as you enjoy this beautiful day in Jesus!