Luke 10:20 GNB But don’t be glad because the evil spirits obey you; rather be glad because your names are written in heaven.”
It is not what you do that makes you who you are; it is who you are that makes you do what you do.
Many people, base their identity on what they do, what they own, what they know and so many other external things. They think that if they own and do all these things then they will feel complete.
When Jesus Christ sent out the 72, in twos, they performed a lot of miracles that even the demons obeyed them when they gave them a command in Jesus’ name.
Jesus had given these guys authority over all the power of the enemy, and nothing was to hurt them. They were so excited about the effects than being excited about the real thing which was being citizens of heaven, children of God.
I believe Jesus wanted them to be firm and confident in their real identity of being numbered among the people of God. Of being grounded in who they are and not in what they could do.
Jesus desired that they would rejoice that they were friends of God and were permitted to dwell with Him forever.
Being a citizen of heaven was of far more value than all “earthly” honour, power, or wealth, and “in” this people should rejoice more than in eminent endowments of influence, learning, talents, or possessions.
Our true identity is in knowing that we are children of God and that He has prepared for us places in heaven. Knowing who we are will enable us to be secure in God. Once we know that our citizenship is in heaven then we shall exercise our authority to impact change on the earth before going to heaven.
We are, therefore we do, not the other way around of doing and then we become. Let us not be defined by the influence we have, what we have learned, our talents and abilities. You know, it’s easy to operate from a state of being and then doing than operating from a state of doing to become.
Therefore, esteem your identity above everything else.