2 Corinthians 6
“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers.” (2 Cor 6:14).
A yoke is something put over two animals to enable them to pull together on a load when working in pairs. A vehicle to work side by side pulling the same plow to accomplish the same goal more effectively. But where goals, purpose, objectives vary, things don’t go so well.
The concept of not being unequally yoked is often cited in the context of marriage, a place where being on the same page with common goals is certainly a contributor to success. But I think we can also look broader into other things that can become a part of us. Things that help us go in the right direction more successfully, or things that stall the process. The people we engage with, the things we do, see, read, watch, spend our time and money on…do they complement our Christian faith or pull it in an opposing direction? Are we a light of positive influence where we are and who we are with, or are we stepping into places, people’s lives, situations we aren’t prepared to and as a result allowing our light fade into the darker worldly things?
Certainly, we are called to go out into the world and make disciples. This is our high calling for sure. So how do we assess the yoking? How do we know when we are not simply in the world but also of the world? One question to ask is around influence. Who is the one being influenced and what is the influence? Jesus could often be seen with those of us steeped in sin. But Jesus was always the influencer with a God-glorifying influence. His presence poured out Godliness, rather than soaking in worldliness.
David Guzik says, “We all like to believe that we can be around ungodly things as much as we want and that we are strong enough to ward off the influence. But we must take seriously the words of Scripture: ‘Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habits.’ (1 Corinthians 15:33) It needs to come back to the simple question from Romans 12:2: Are we being conformed to this world, or are we being transformed by the renewing of your mind?”
The gray areas will be different for each of us, based on our weaknesses and temptations. What one can easily walk into, another would become unequally yoked with the worldly things taking over. We can’t serve two masters and God alone is the Lord over our lives. If another causes a wedge of competition for our love, adoration, submission we become unequally yoked.
I’m praying about things in my life that may be pulling me in a direction I don’t want to go. Those things that are conforming me more to the world instead of transforming me into who God created me to be.
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