The Master Plan - Part 2

OPENING PRAYER:

Lord, thank you for your Word that guides me along good paths for your Name. Allow me to hear what you have to say to me today.

 

READ: 2 Corinthians 6:14, NIV

 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?

 

REFLECT: 

 In the past it was a practical agricultural practice to yoke animals together so they could work in the field. In Ecclesiastes it says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor,” pointing out the truth that God made us to work together. As believers it is dangerous for us to yoke ourselves to unbelievers, especially in vital relationships such as marriage. Imagine yoking together an oxen and donkey. One plows ahead while the other wants to stay still, or even go in a different direction. The same principle applies to our relationships. Being yoked to someone with different beliefs can be harmful as they will pull you away from God and what you know to be true. But when we are yoked to a believer in these life-long relationships, we can’t forget that we’re in partnership. God didn’t intend for you to go through life alone, even spiritually. We can’t waste the opportunity of someone encouraging and challenging us. That’s not what God intended for us. He wants us to plow the field of this world together and produce a rich harvest. Then we will have a good return for our labors on this earth.

 

APPLY: 

 What relationships in your life have an unequal yoke around them? Think of ways you can change these relationships to be healthy and God-honoring.

 

CLOSING PRAYER:

God, I pray that you would continue to convict me in the relationships I have in my life. I want them to be healthy and produce a rich harvest for your glory.

Terry Schneider