Discipline Brings Growth
As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. At that moment Heaven was opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased,” Matthew 3:16-17.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are the children of God. Regardless of our earthly parents, where we come from, or what we have done, we can rest in this promise. John 1:12 says, “Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” Again, 2 Corinthians 6:18 says, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
Being a child of God is not just an unchanging position and identity before God, but also a personal submission to a journey with God. This journey is one of physical, mental, and spiritual growth. Yet one of the most challenging parts of true growth, which we try to ignore sometimes, is discipline. Just as good earthly parents use discipline while raising their children, so too does our Heavenly Father.
Too often the Enemy takes our failures and mistakes, which brings discipline, and attempts to challenge our heavenly son and daughtership. He uses guilt, shame, and fear to sway us away from God’s unwavering love and knowledge of what’s best for our lives.
Hebrews 12:10-11 says, “…but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in His holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” And again, Job 5:17-18 says, “Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For He wounds, but He also binds up; He injures, but His hands also heal.”
Even in the discipline, God does not act out of anger or frustration. He does not react to harm us. Instead, He wants to heal us, restore us, shape us into His image, and live in and intimate relationship with all of His children.
This week, let’s boldly go before the throne of God in prayer as His children, and approach Him with the knowledge that He hears us, He loves us, and He will guide us through every season of life.