Is It Good to You or Good for You?
Mothers from generations past used to say,
"Everything good to you ain't good for you."
Times may change, but the truth lasts forever. Is it time to leave some things (or people) behind?
Out of here! Out of here! Leave this place! Don’t look back. Don’t contaminate yourselves with plunder. Just leave, but leave clean. Purify yourselves in the process of worship, carrying the holy vessels of God. ~Isaiah 52:11, The Message Translation
The Message Bible titles this chapter, God is Leading You Out of Here, which means two things;
You've got somewhere else you need to be,
and only God can take you there.
So, enough with maintaining toxic relationships because you don't want people to think you've changed. You have changed, haven't you? Or is what captivates you really holding you captive?
Isaiah 52 was written to a people who, once again, found themselves living in captivity and oppressed. The Bible to describes this state of captivity as being exiled. Living in a space but knowing you are destined for something different can feel like an exilic existence.
But when God says, "go", it's time to go.
Now is the Time. This is the Place.
The Apostle Paul writes,
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
Trying to be nice to people and about things that take up God-space is killing your destiny.
You are a vessel of God. Purify yourself for the journey. Prepare. Consecrate. Free your body, heart and mind from toxic things and toxic people. Let nothing dim the light you have been created to shine in a dark world.
If you're serious about going all the way,
about walking the path of purpose to its expected end,
about sharing with the world all the gifts and talents the Holy Spirit has manifested within you,