I hope this message meets you well.
As is my usual way of doing, I am back with yet another post. Today, I want to talk about past righteousness. Indeed, some people rely on their past righteousness to save them. The truth of the issue is that we need to keep on being righteous, we need to keep on being in the vineyard of the Lord. If a person was an usher at their local church in 2003, and they worked hard for the Lord then, but have now become a sinner in 2022, well guess what, their righteousness in 2003 would not save them when Jesus returns. The truth is, righteousness is not an act, it is a lifestyle. We need to learn to cultivate this lifestyle. Indeed, things happen and our connection with God can change from time to time. For instance, while a person is single, maybe they spent all their weekends praying to God and drawing closer to him. When the person has children, they become busier and might decide to instead spend their weekend preaching to their children and teaching them the way of God. Different life stages can change the nature of a person’s responsibilities, however, righteousness is a lifestyle not a once in a phase of life situation. Sometimes indeed, it can be difficult to make righteousness a lifestyle, but with God, nothing is impossible.
The Bible says in Ezekiel 33:13-16
13 When I tell righteous people that they will live, but then they sin, expecting their past righteousness to save them, then none of their righteous acts will be remembered. I will destroy them for their sins. 14 And suppose I tell some wicked people that they will surely die, but then they turn from their sins and do what is just and right. 15 For instance, they might give back a debtor’s security, return what they have stolen, and obey my life-giving laws, no longer doing what is evil. If they do this, then they will surely live and not die. 16 None of their past sins will be brought up again, for they have done what is just and right, and they will surely live.