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Session 11


Read: 2 Corinthians 6:14-18

Oxen are powerful animals used to pull carts and wagons. Two must work as a team. A yoke, a wooden beam across the shoulders of the animals, transfers force evenly to the load. This works because both oxen listen and respond to commands from the same master.   

In 2 Corinthians 6:14 Paul says, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.” Imagine two powerful animals bound together that don’t respect the same master. The result is a tug-of-war that could lead to disaster. If we, who believe and follow Jesus, bind ourselves to unbelievers, we also can be headed for disaster. Being yoked to someone listening to a different master creates stress, frustration, defeat and exhaustion.  

We are to bring unbelievers to Jesus, but we are not to bind ourselves to them in an effort to get them there. We can minister to, pray for, serve, befriend and work hard to be relevant to them without putting ourselves into bondage to their thoughts and ways or following the commands of their “masters.” Jesus wants to bind unbelievers to Himself first. Then, when Jesus has their hearts, we can link up, get closer, get them on the team and powerfully go in the same direction.

Pulling together with other believers can be a pleasure, even restful. Jesus says in Matthew 11:30, “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  When we really understand this, as we are yoked to each other, we also are all — most importantly — yoked to Him.  


  • What is one negative impact that may result from being yoked to someone whose master is not Jesus?
  • What is one way you can bring people to Jesus without following their other masters?
  • What does it look and feel like to pull together with other believers?

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