If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness Hebrews 12:7-11).

In order to be a legitimate son or daughter we must allow our Father to discipline us at times. Discipline is always for our profit. God’s desire is that we all become more like His Son, Jesus. That requires “pruning the branch” along the way. And God doesn’t prune dead branches, only those that are alive and yielding fruit. Hebrews 5:8-9. “Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered."

So, are you living as a son or daughter, or an orphan? God wants to demonstrate His love to you as your Heavenly Father. Why not ask Him to show you how to live as a true son or daughter?

Os Hillman is author of Change Agent and TGIF Today God Is First daily email devotional at www.TodayGodIsFirst.com

Publication date: May 15, 2013