WHO’S or WHOSE?

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I like words. I always have. I especially enjoy the written word, which is why I have a blog instead of a vlog. Even so, my vocabulary and expertise is neither broad nor deep. While I wish to use words in the manner of Winston Churchill, however my applications are more like those of Yosemite Sam.

I repeatedly confuse the same set of words. For example, I am often stymied when to use WHO’S and WHOSE. According to the Learners Dictionary blog:

  • WHO’S is a contraction of who is or who has. It is used in questions and in statements. Questions of “who is…” are referring to identity, often in the sense of relationship. Identity-wise, I am a son, father, brother, friend, child of God, etc.
  • WHOSE can be placed in front of a noun, to ask or show who the owner of something is. Questions of “whose is…” are referring to ownership or possession. Ownership-wise, this is my computer, my blog, my house.

With that refresher in mind, I ponder 2 questions of utmost importance:

  • Who’s God to me? (more specifically, who’s Jesus to me?)
  • Whose am I? (more specifically, who do I serve and answer to?)

The first question has been asked for thousands of years, and the answers vary as much as weather. Creator, teacher, savior, redeemer, healer, provider, judge, punisher, nothing, non-existent. Each answer is an indication of a person’s comprehension or perspective of God (Jesus).

The second question has been on my mind for months. Jesus pointed out that we serve (belong to) one thing or another.

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” Matthew 6:24

The answer to the question of WHOSE AM I is in the evidence of actions. Do I respond to people and events as a servant of God, or do I treat them as my servants? Do I engage with people so I will be loved, or because I love them?

The answers to these clarifying questions reveal the state of my heart. Or, in respect to WHOSE, they reveal the master that I serve.

WHOSE AM I?

But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. 1 John 4:4

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