whoseareyouIf I asked you, “Who are you?” You may answer that in many different ways:

“I’m a 6th grade math teacher.”

“I’m a stay-at-home mom.”

“I’m a student.”

But all I have to do is add 2 letters to that question and it changes everything:

“Whose are you?” is an entirely different question.

According to the Bible, the answer to my second question completely changes the answer to my first question. In other words,

Whose you are changes who you are.

Matthew 5 gives one of many Biblical examples of this principle. We are told that instead of loving our neighbors (which even the most crooked people naturally do) and hating our enemies, we are to love and pray for those who persecute us!

Persecution is far more than getting called a name or cut off in traffic. It’s a decision made by someone else to deliberately make your life challenging. When they’ve made that decision, it seems justifiable to make the decision to hate them right back.

But Jesus makes the point that Whose you are changes how you respond.

Why love and pray for those who make your life rough?

“…so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:45 ESV)

Our response to the challenging people in our lives doesn’t enable salvation, but it proves it. If you belong to the Heavenly Father, your life will reflect that.

After all – Jesus goes on to say – he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:45 ESV)

God is well aware that the rain and sun that He controls is blessing and bringing growth and nourishment to the crops of the good and just people as well as the evil and the unjust. “But that’s not fair,” you say? Exactly. Mercy and grace aren’t fair by definition.

Jesus’ point is simple: If God’s love and provision extends to all, as His kids, ours should too.

Whose you are changes who you are.

Jesus didn’t die to give you a minor upgrade or to make you “less bad.” He died to give you an entirely new nature. And a new nature will naturally produce an all-new lifestyle.

So, whose are you?

You don’t really need to verbally answer that question. All we need to do is look at your current lifestyle. Whoever or whatever you are living for will be proven by the way you talk, interact with others, and prioritize things in your life.