We have heard the scripture of being “Unequally Yoked” its in 2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?
Pretty straight forward. The “unequal yoke” is often applied to business relationships. For a Christian to enter into a partnership with an unbeliever is to court disaster. They have opposite worldviews and morals, and business decisions that must be made daily will reflect one or the other. Of course, the closest alliance one person can have with another is found in marriage, and this is how the passage is usually interpreted. God’s plan is for a man and a woman to become “one flesh” (Genesis 2:24), a relationship so intimate that one literally and figuratively becomes part of the other. Uniting a believer with an unbeliever is essentially uniting opposites, which makes for a very difficult relationship.
We have machines in the western world to take care of the tasks that ox would do. Since we don’t have ox and yokes lets look at exactly what it means.
A yoke is a wooden bar that joins two oxen to each other and to the burden they pull. An “unequally yoked” team has one stronger ox and one weaker, or one taller and one shorter. The weaker or shorter ox would walk slower than the taller, stronger one, causing the load to go around in circles. When oxen are unequally yoked, they cannot perform the task set before them. Instead of working together, they are at odds with one another.
So lets take this into ministry. If I am running at a certain pace after God in ministry, I want people on the side of me running at the same pace. I don’t want to have to carry or drag them. Doing so will burn me out and damage them. Many people say “Pastor we behind you in what you doing” Truth be told they are usually so far behind you, that you can’t see them.
I as a leader/pastor do not want to slow down to people who can not or will not keep up pace. People need to speed up and run hard after God. The problem lies when Pastor’s slow down to the pace of the people instead of the people catching up to the Pastor. That is what true discipleship calls for. When I enter into a Father-Son, Discipler- Disciple relationship I tell the person I am running t a pace that you need to catch up to me. Now I m not saying that I won’t lend a hand to help them but I will train them and give them the tools to be able to keep up.
Everyone runs at a certain pace. Some faster some slower.We need to evaluate at what pace we are running and look side to side and see who is running after God at the same pace as us. Those are the ones we get into ministry with, those are the ones the single ones should marry. That way we don’t get burned out trying to get people to keep pace, we don’t slow down and lose passion, and we don’t get unequally yoked in business, marriage or ministry decisions that we will ultimately regret one day.