BIBLE READING: HEBREWS 12:2-12; PROVERBS 22:15; 23:13
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Hebrews 12:7-8(NKJV).
Every human on earth has a family by God’s Sovereign Will – “God sets the solitary in families. Psalm 68:8 (NKJV). The terms “Bastard” or “Son” are statuses acquired because of the circumstances surrounding the birth of a child. The Collins English dictionary defined a “Bastard” as a person whose parents were not married to each other at the time that he or she was born” while a “Son” is “a male child or person in relation to his parents.”
The status of Sonship applies to both males and females because there is no gender in Christ, hence we have male sons and female sons (see Gal.3:28). The distinction between our status in the family is a fundamental principle of sonship. The Scripture above clearly states that God disciplines every son He receives and this is something that is prevalent in the Scriptures. Human parents discipline their children when they do wrong and any person who is not disciplined is not a part of God’s Family. “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten….” (Rev.3:19).
The implication is that a Sign and Proof of God’s love is the discipline and correction He puts us through. This is the same Love that makes the spiritual father, under whose care God has put us, discipline us. It is virtually impossible to be a son of God without being first a son of man i.e., under spiritual authority and under a spiritual father. Therefore, we can note that when God puts you under a man of God or a career leader, your attitude to the chastening and correction you receive will serve as an indication of your sonship. “He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly.” (Prov.13:24)
It is particularly important that we understand the need for discipline and the Heart of God in passing us through correction which is for our own good. If we misunderstand this, we will resist it and respond wrongly to it. Discipline is not enjoyable or pleasurable. It is painful but is one of the Tools God uses to train us and it will always produce good results and a good future for the person who goes through it – “For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems sad and painful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness [right standing with God and a lifestyle and attitude that seeks conformity to God’s Will and Purpose]. Heb.12:11(AMP).
The understanding of your identity cannot be overemphasized because it determines your inheritance and expectations from your family. The comparison of the features of a son and a bastard below will assist you in ascertaining whether you are truly a son or a bastard:
(1.) Bastards do not accept correction but lack discipline while sons endure and appreciate discipline because of the fruit it produces (see Heb. 12:2-12).
(2.) Bastards are unfaithful and disobedient children while sons are faithful and obedient (see Col. 3:20).
(3.) Bastards are negligent with the things of God and place less value on spiritual things or matters while sons are meticulous and place a high premium on their father’s business or spiritual things. (see Rom.12:11)
Dear Heavenly Father, I know You love me and that even when You discipline me it is because You want the best for me. Please show me the areas of my life where I need to make amends, make me sensitive to Your Voice and give me a responsive heart to turn back to You at the slightest correction. Give me a meek and a teachable heart so that I can take corrections from my spiritual father and leaders in Jesus’ Name. Amen.