Through his yoke, we feel his pull, his guidance, his direction.
By his yoke, he trains us to work effectively in his team.
God’s plan for humanity is evident in the lessons that we’re taught in scripture.
It describes man and woman coming together in marriage (Ephesians ) and the two creating a Godly family (Ephesians 6:4) that comes to know, love and serve Him.
Since the beginning of humankind, we have been experiencing the pull towards that, which is “forbidden.” God says, “no” to some things, and just like Eve in the Garden of Eden, we allow ourselves to entertain the question, “Did God actually say…” This is no less true as it pertains to Christians dating non-Christians —the “forbidden fruit.” It can be tempting to go out with someone we are attracted to and think, “this one time won’t hurt.” But then the temptation arises to go out on another occasion, and then another.
Each time there seems to be some good reason why we think it would be okay. God is very serious in what He tells us concerning our “affections.” We are told in 2 Corinthians -18: Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
This family foundation is only possible when we first meet the person we will marry. So finding a true believer is a fundamental step in creating a more Godly life and family.
Why am I referring to marriage when this post is on dating? The reality is that dating an unbeliever could result in marrying an unbeliever, and this may lead you to turn away from God. But if you don’t prepare your life for success, it’s only going to be harder to attain. Sure, it’s not a guarantee, but it’s more likely than if you choose to date and then marry a nonbeliever who has no desire to know, love or serve God, let alone encourage you—or teach your children—to believe in Him.
To help you in this mission I have provided links below to several thought-provoking articles and videos.
This has implications for both marriage (which is outside our scope here) and working relationships. Perhaps this is because the donkey would struggle to pull the ox’s load and the ox could not go at the faster donkey’s pace. The answer lies in the contrast to being yoked with Jesus, who says, “Take my yoke upon you.” (Matthew ).
Up to this point, Paul has vividly portrayed the importance of good relationships with the people with whom we live and work. 5:9–10 that we should work with non-Christians, and he discusses how to do so in 1 Cor. In 2 Corinthians, Paul seems to be talking about a deeper spiritual reality, advising God’s people to be wary of yoking with people who serve lawlessness, darkness, idol worship, and Satan himself (2 Cor. One part of the yoke is around us, and the other is on Jesus’ shoulders.
“My yoke is easy, and my burden is light,” Jesus tells us (Matt. Yet the work we are doing with him is no less than the transformation of the entire cosmos. If the dictates of a work commitment lead us to harm customers, deceive constituents, mislead employees, abuse co-workers, pollute the environment, or such, then we have been yoked into a violation of our duties as stewards of God’s kingdom.
When Paul tells us not to be unequally yoked in working relationships, he is warning us not to get entangled in work commitments that prevent us from doing the work Jesus has for us or that prevents us from working in Jesus’ yoke. “What partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Furthermore being yoked with Jesus leads us to work to reconcile and renew the world in light of God’s promises of the “kingdom come.” To be unequally yoked with unbelievers, then, is to be in a situation or relationship that binds you to the decisions and actions of people who have values and purposes incompatible with Jesus’ values and purposes.