Monday, January 19, 2009

Equally Yoked

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1 Corinthians 6:14-18 says

"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."18"I will be a Father to you,and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."

My husband and I were talking last night and he was telling me how powerful it is to have 2 oxen (or horses) yoked together. 1 horse can pull 16 tons, while 2 horses yoked together can pull 36 tons!! That's 6 times as much weight!

One definition of yoked is:

Connection between two things so they move together. (dictionary.com)

Now I am beginning to see why it was so important for us to understand that we need to be equally yoked with believers. God knew that if we can work together focusing on His kingdom we would make a huge difference in this world.

I pray that you have people in your life with whom you are equally yoked for the kingdom.

8 comments:

Spring Fricks said...

I didn't know two could pull six times the wait. That puts a whole new spin on it, doesn't it?

Being equally yoked does make all the difference.

B His Girl said...

Sonya, I heard a Christian last week downplay the importance of being equally yoked. She wasn't reading the Word was she...Scripture is very clear on that. Thanks for your strength stats. b

Sharon said...

That is alot 36 tons Wow!!
That is what my husband and I are working on and the friends we have all coming together to work as one, If only some church's would see this.... hmmmmm I think I will ponder this for the day, and this will be our discussion tonite at dinner.
Thanks for a great share.
Have a blessed day
Love
Sharon

Nana 2 four said...

Two is definitely better than one! Thanks for a good word to share. Looking forward to Thankful Thursday. Maybe I can do it again!

In Him,
Beth

B His Girl said...

You were in Kelly's post today. How cool that you were a part in what God is doing in her life! Fruit and more fruit!

Chatty Kelly said...

I"m glad we were "yoked" together at Circuit City so that I could gleen strength and knowledge from you!

Have a great day. (I don't know how I missed this post on Monday???)

TRUTHSHARER said...

Sonya:
Great post today. As 'B His Girl' also commented - that some people 'play down' the Scripture that makes this so clear as beleivers. We MUST NOT be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. I have been amazed at the young women [beleivers] who I have spoken with recently [a few of them] who really think it's OK for them to 'date' a non-Christian. They make every excuse and then expect God to go against Himself and His Word and make an exception for them. It breaks my heart because a larger percentage of women who have been that route -live very unhappy and miserable lives - because Christ is left out. Sad. Thanks for the reminder of God's Scripture on this. May we take it to heart and follow it to the letter... and be blessed.

Looking Upward and Choosing JOY,
Stephanie

Yolanda said...

Something about the help of another!

Thankful for the help of the Holy Spirit as well as my Sisters in Christ.

Lovingly,
Yolanda
Higher Grounds