Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. 2 Corinthians 6:14
A yoke is a wooden device used to join two animals together, giving them an equal share in the burden of work. If the animals are unequally yoked, for example, one would be stronger than the other. Instead of working together, the animals would be in conflict regarding their path and pace.
Paul uses this example to explain that believers are not to be in close relationship with unbelievers. While we are called to love, serve, and pray for unbelievers; Paul is intent on telling Christ followers not to let unbelievers determine our path or pace in life. We should not avoid conversations with non-Christians, but must be cautious in our relationships with people who do not follow Jesus.
We define our borders when we are careless in our common conversations.
We never want to be in a position that prevents us from passionately carrying the cross. In contrast, we need to follow Christ who says, “take my yoke upon you” (Matthew 11:29). Our path and pace should be determined only by the connection we share with Christ.
Does your connection with Christ determine your path and pace?
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