My friend Claudia told me about ChristianMingle.com, a website where she had found a companion. Curiosity got to me, and I pulled up the site to peruse eligible Christian men. However, before I could read the profiles, I had to post mine. I kept it simple but included, “I know what I want and what I don’t want …” One of the first profiles I read caught my attention, “It is important to be equally yoked with a partner who shares the same confidence in their relationship with God.” I wondered how that could be possible, as everyone has different perspectives about life, including faith.
So, what does it mean to be equally yoked in the biblical sense? Jesus invites us to become yoked with him–to put our burden on him when too weary to help ourselves. He brings peace and rest by walking with us and teaching us how to live.
Farmers yoke oxen or other animals together to lighten their load. They train the team by pairing one with more strength and experience with the one of lesser ability. In a yoked relationships between two people, it’s good to draw upon the philosophy of Jesus and of the farmer. We can share burdens while learning from the strengths and weaknesses of each other.
Lord, we are blessed to be yoked with you in our faith journey. Amen.