I know some of you may think oh my, another person telling us to be equally yoked. Do you know that being unequally yoked can halt or even stop your growth and development into who it is that Christ wants you to become?! Now for those of you who are missionaries to the lost when you are dating, be careful. The only person that can bring true salvation is Jesus. We can Plant, Water and give great light, but it is God who gives the increase. So be careful that you know what you are getting when you hookup.
Now the yoke is a wooden beamwhich is used between a pair of oxento allow them to pull a load (oxen almost always work in pairs). It can be used to help plow fields, or pull a heavy load, but the main purpose is to allow the two to walk together as one. In the Christian Worldview we talk specifically about being unequally yoked. This is what the scripture says below in 2 Corinthians 6:14-17,
“ 14Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” 17“Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”
When you talk about who you are dating, who you are fellowshipping with or who you are going to marry, this will specifically yoke you and this person. I know it seems strange, but if you get close enough to an individual the residue of who they are will rub off on you. It is better to be yoked to a believer than an unbeliever, for the betterment of your own personal growth and development. In Proverbs 27:17 it specifically speaks of “As Iron sharpens Iron so does a man sharpen the countenance of his friend.”
If we are yoked to people who lack spiritual fervor, our spiritual fervor will go out. We must consider the perils. The perils are falling into gross sin, leaving Christianity, and totally disobeying scripture. Who wants to live in disobedience for the sake of a friend or significant other? Understand that you are the temple of the most high God. Should the temple of God be joined with a prostitute?…..heavens no!
How can two walk together unless they walk in UNITY?………Don’t play with this don’t be unequally YOKED!
John Swann come to us from Paterson, NJ
by way of Hampton, VA. He is a 2004 graduate of
Liberty and is husband to the former Daniela Flood.
In addition to his work in the Center4ME, he also
serves as pastor of Ebenezer AME Church in
Roanoke, VA. Visit him on Facebook.
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