The best definition of righteousness I’ve ever heard is to do the right thing at the right time for the right reason.
Most of us know the right way to live, the right thing to do, and the right way to eat. Even though we know these things we struggle with doing the right thing because doing the right thing is hard.
By refusing to do the hard things now we lay out a path for hard living later.
This is a truth that applies to all areas of our lives.
If we refuse to get right with God then we approach death without hope.
If we refuse to do the right thing in our relationships our relationships suffer and may eventually end.
If we refuse to do the right thing with our bodies, we may get sick and die.
If we refuse to do the right thing with our children they may never grow into a responsible adulthood.
If we refuse to do the right things with our money we may find ourselves broke, busted, and disgusted.
The right thing may mean denying ourselves something we really want. It may mean doing something for someone else that we really don’t want to do.
God gives specific instructions in Leviticus for the priest to anoint the right ear, the right thumb, and the big foot on the right toe.
To apply this to our lives we should listen to the right thing, do the right thing, and go the right way.
….put it on the tip of the right ear of the person being purified, on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot. Leviticus 14:17, 25, 28