Whose Are You? | by John Rogers

Who are you and what are you doing here? Being able to answer this question is believed by many to be the key to not wasting your life—the little time you have here on the earth. But a better question to answer, and to settle in your mind is whose are you and what are you doing here? This question is better because it confronts you with a couple of hard but sweet truths regarding ownership and stewardship and helps you better understand your place and time in this world. Being able to answer this question helps you better come to grip with reality, helps you actually know who you are, and helps you make the most of your unknown span of life.

If you tune into Psalm one hundred verse three, there you will find the answer. “Know,” it says, “that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” Notice that nothing in this verse belongs to us. We are his—his people, his sheep—living in his world. And the only reason we exist is because of the life that he has given us. Know this, the Psalmist commands. You are his by the fundamental fact that he made you.

But you are also his because he has redeemed you. The Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 1:18-19 says that you have been “ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers.” You have been bought, purchased, and therefore liberated from the sin that kidnapped you upon conception. You have been redeemed “not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ,” the sinless lamb of God. “You are doubly his,” John Piper says. You are his by creation and his by redemption. Peter encourages you also that you should know this.

Knowing who’s you are is truly the better question to answer. For if you were to only ask yourself who you are, you may rob yourself of your true identity by only pointing to what you do. What you do is not as important and who’s you are. What you do is the cart. Whose you are is the horse. If you truly know whose you are, what you do will fall right in line, and you will not waste your life, spinning your wheels in vain. “You are not your own,” Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:22, “for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

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