Under the Same Yoke

Mark Heijerman

READ : 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
2 Corinthians 7:1

Before tractors, animals provided power. A farmer would place a wooden yoke over the necks and shoulders of two draft animals and then hook them up to a plow, wagon, or other piece of equipment. Important for the success of the task at hand was the team work of the animals. Little ground would be plowed if the animals decided to pull in opposite directions.

Paul instructs Christians not to be yoked together with unbelievers. He does not mean that Christians are to do nothing with unbelievers. Jesus spent much time with those who did not believe. Paul states it bluntly in 1 Corinthians 5:9-10 that association of Christians with non- Christians is inevitable in this world. The Apostle is teaching that because believers and unbelievers pull toward different goals, for them to be united as a team under the same yoke will not work. It will be unfruitful and disastrous.

So, this means believers’ closest friends should be Christians. A believer in business should seek out Christian partners. Christians should marry fellow Christians. People under a common yoke will find harmony and success only if they are pulling toward the same goal.


Lord, you have placed us in this world, but help us to be different from it. In Jesus’ name. Amen.