Who are you yoked to?

  

Who are you yoked to?
Reading through the bible there are so many passages and verses that bring so much joy to your heart. Yes Jesus loves me. Yes praise the Lord. Your heart sings in happiness. 

Did you ever come to one of those verses and you are like oh I don’t like this one. This does not sit well me me. Do you skip it and move on to something happier? Don’t! These are the verses we really need to examine. If God’s Word does not sit well with you. You need to pray, study and learn more! You need to ask yourself, why is this verse causing me uneasiness or anger or discontent? Diving into this verse you will understand more of what God is saying and this will help you grow. Passing it by is a huge mistake
This kind of makes me think of our relationships with people. We tend to surround ourselves with people that cause us joy. Totally normal. If someone makes us angry or upset we tend to try to avoid this type for our own peace. What if we asked ourselves why does this person really cause such an emotion in me? If we actually took the time to know them more and understand why they act and do certain things maybe they wouldn’t cause us so much upset. Maybe we would even learn more about ourselves. I have had people in my life who truly irked me but I pushed myself to find out why and they became amazing friends! I’m not saying go out and search for dramatic people but if they cross your path give that a try.
For me the verse I came across that kind of didn’t sit well with me was 

2 Corinthians 6:14-18

After first reading this I was thinking, so I shouldn’t deal with non believers? That didn’t feel right. I mean I want to reach them. I want something I may say or do make them want to know and seek God. I don’t want to give up on those relationships.  

Then after further study and prayer I realized that’s not exactly what it is saying. 

We are already yoked with Jesus.   

( Matthew 11:2929 “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”)
He guides our path and timing. If we are involved so closely whether in relationships or work relationships that breaks us away from God’s Will there is the harm. Think about how that relationships affects you and how you act? Is this affecting your values? Is this causing you to do something against your beliefs or faith? By being yoked with this relationship are you straying away or being distracted from your faith in anyway?

“Paul asks, “What does a believer share with an unbeliever?” If the answer is that we share similar values and goals with respect to the work we may undertake together, then it may serve God’s will to work closely with nonbelievers. You can assess the opportunities and risks by explor­ing in advance all the commitments entailed in any relationship. Consider how your individual capabilities and limitations might reduce or exacerbate the risk of being pulled away from working as God intends. This means that the decision whether to participate may be different for each person”

There is saying”be careful who your friends are, they will influence you positively or negatively.”

Think of this verse as a visual

Deuteronomy 22:10
 10. “You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together.”
Can you imagine a donkey and an ox trying to pull a load together. One is going to hold the other back. They will fight against each. It is not going to work effectively just like trying to work or live or team up with a nonbeliever will not allow you to get God’s Work accomplished. 
All of this makes me really look at my life. Am I teamed up with the right people to accomplished God’s Work? Do I have relationships that are Christ Centered? Yes it’s ok to be friends and associate with nonbelievers. We are called to love our neighbors. Jesus instructed us to go out into the world and share the gospel! He wants us to reach out to non Christians! But in the end who we share the majority of our time with influences how we use that time. I get what God is telling me now. The verses make total sense in my life. I’m glad I didn’t pass this by. I thank God for His Word and for always guiding me.  
2 Corinthians 6:14-18

14 “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,
“I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them,

    and I will be their God,

    and they shall be my people.

17 Therefore go out from their midst,

    and be separate from them, says the Lord,

and touch no unclean thing;

    then I will welcome you,

18 and I will be a father to you,

    and you shall be sons and daughters to me,

says the Lord Almighty.”
  

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