“Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth.”
Have you ever done business with a company for many years when it seemed suddenly that their product or customer service changed for the worse? The latest product and its quality is what many use to determine their loyalty to a business or product. I believe most people want to use the same product they have used in the past, but when the quality of the product is no longer there, they will look for another company that produces the same product but with better quality and with the same price. It is the “What have you done for me lately” mindset that causes you to determine whether or not to use a product again.
As much as some may not like this mentality, it is a scriptural mentality. God teaches in the verse above that it is not what you used to do for Him in the past which determines His blessings, but what you are presently doing for Him that determines whether He chooses to bless or punish you. God is very interested in your latest product. There are several observations I want to point out to you about this thought.
First, your history doesn’t determine your future. Too many believers want to be honored because of what they have done in the past, but it is what you do in the present that determines God’s blessings. You often hear people talking about what they used to do, but that is all they have to talk about. You are living a lie if all you have to talk about is what you used to do for God instead of what you are doing for Him now. It is the now that God is very interested in. Certainly, a person’s history should be considered, but your history of what you used to do should only be a foundation for what you continue to do for God.
Second, your history doesn’t excuse your present sin. God makes it clear in the verse above that He doesn’t excuse your sin because of your past righteousness. My friend, the history of God’s using you is never an excuse to sin in the present. God doesn’t close His eyes to your present sin because you have become a spiritual legend in your own mind. Certainly, God will bless you for the good works you have done for Him, but He will also punish you for the sin you commit. Don’t ever accept the mentality that what you have done for the LORD gives you an excuse to enjoy sin in the present.
Third, your history doesn’t keep God from blessing you. The verse above makes it clear that God will bless you if you turn from your sin. Sin certainly has a way of taking your confidence from you, but don’t let the Devil’s lie that God can’t use you because of what you have done keep you from doing right. God will bless you if you turn from your sin.
My friend, the key to God’s blessings is what you have done for Him lately. This doesn’t mean that God doesn’t appreciate what you have done for Him in the past, but it means that God is interested in the product you are producing now. Let me encourage you to work more on the present than you do with bragging about your past. Let your past be your foundation that you continue building upon. Don’t let your past product be better than the product you are presently producing for the LORD.