DEVOTION – DAY 73
2 Cor.6:14 “Do Not Be Unequally Yoked.”
2 Cor.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?”
Paul wrote this verse to the Christians in the church in Corinth. At that time the church had some false teachers that were leading the Christians astray. So, Paul wrote to warn them not to follow these false teachers who were in reality, unbelievers. Just as oil cannot mix with water, and light cannot mix with darkness, and good fruit cannot mix with bad fruit, black cannot mix with white, in the same way, Christians should be careful when mixing with unbelievers. Why is this important? The Bible warned that when Christians mix with unbelievers, they may be influenced by unbelievers to follow their ways.
A young Christian Sunday School teacher started to date an unbeliever. She fell in love with him even though he was not a Christian. She thought that she would give him time and she would pray for him to believe in Jesus Christ. She agreed to marry him thinking he would be a Christian with her influence. All he needed was more time. The opposite happened. Her husband influenced her and she stopped going to church. All her children were brought up as non-Christians and she no longer considered herself as a Christian.
Another Christian got on well with a colleague at work. The colleague was a non-Christian. They decided to leave their jobs and start a business together. At first, all was well. But as the business grew, the non-Christian business partner wanted to offer bribes to secure large orders. Although the Christian was not comfortable with giving bribes, he went along with it because more orders came. Little by little, the Christian agreed to more and more worldly ways of doing business. He allowed his non-Christian business partner to persuade him that Christianity is for Sundays only. For the rest of the week, in order to survive in the real world, they must be as aggressive as their business competitors. Soon, the Christian was lying to his customers about the quality of their products claiming that they use the best materials when that was not always true. He began to sell products that did not give the full weight to his customers in order to make more profits. He had allowed the world to influence him.
These are just two examples of the danger that can wait for those who want to be yoked with unbelievers. It is so easy to be influenced by unbelievers when we are closely working with them, or married to them, or treating them like good friends and so on. Let us be aware of the possibility of being influenced by them when we become very close to them.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, help us to choose our friends wisely and to be yoked with fellow believers so that we will be in step with your Will for us. We ask this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
- What are some situations where you might become yoked with unbelievers? Discuss.
- What may be the dangers you encounter because of being yoked with unbelievers?
- What steps can you take to prevent yourself from being in an unequally yoked position?
- Who can you call upon to help you to do this?