The passage above refers to two oxen strapped together by wooden beams over their necks. When one turns, the other has to follow because of the yoke. Many people use this passage as advice against marrying a non-believer. But this can also apply to friendships and to the mission field.
So often people can be steered, no pun intended, by the wrong influence. They are yanked into doing things by a stronger personality as if they are tethered together. Maybe you’ve seen it happen to friends, to your kids, or to your younger siblings. Or perhaps, at one time or another, it happened to you.
But what if someone has taken on Jesus as their guide down this path called life? Can that person not then pull weaker people away from the wrong trail? No. Not in their own strength.
If you feel called to lead others to Christ, then remember it is Jesus who should do the leading. You are only to help steer others in his strength. Stay strong in the Word and faithful in prayer. Be sure to invite other believers who are yoked to Christ pray, guide you, and bolster your faith. Instead of taking it all upon yourself and yoking yourself to that non-believer, yoke yourself to Jesus alone. That way, by example, you can show others what a joy it is to be joined with him. Soon, they will want the yoke on them, too.
Lord, you said that your yoke was light and that you would carry our burdens. I ask that you yoke to us so we can, by example, invite others to take your yoke upon them. Protect us by your Spirit. Do not let us fall into the temptation of believing that we are the Savior instead of you. Let the yoke of your love be upon us so we can show them the joy of being yoked to you each day. Amen.
Throughout This Day: Let others see you yoked to Christ, intent on following his lead, as you reach out in love to those around you.
One the easiest ways to stay yoked to Christ is to spend consistent time with God in his Word. Customize your quiet time.
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