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How are we unequally yoked?

Can you think of a mismatched partnership?

Perhaps Helen Zille and Julius Malema (very different South African politicians) meeting for a cup of tea and a cucumber sandwich?  A Sumo wrestler partnering with petite, ballet dancer on Strictly Come Dancing? A Stormers rugby fan going out with a Sharks supporter?!

Alternatively, one could think of ridiculous partnerships: playing tennis with your dog, taking your cat to the movies, or playing chess with a newborn baby.

It just wouldn’t be good or helpful. It would be mismatched, even inappropriate.

In the church in Corinth there were unhelpful, mismatched partnerships.

Some in the church were partnering with the new preachers that breezed into town.

Corinth was a powerful City where people were impressed with power.  Paul’s gospel about a crucified king sounded very weak and his life of hardship and struggle seemed very unimpressive.

The new preachers looked and sounded much more powerful.

Some church members were impressed by the appearances and rhetorical skill of these new ministers.

As church members yoked themselves to the new preachers and their false gospel, it lead them back to their previous sins and old, unhelpful habits.

False gospels always lead to incorrect thinking and wrong living.

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Enduring for the Prize

Arnold Schwarzenegger is a famous actor, businessman, politician, and former professional bodybuilder.

He grew up in Austria in humble circumstances and in his teens committed himself to bodybuilding – and to be the best bodybuilder.

At age 20 he won the Mr. Universe title.

Arnold would train six days a week, twice a day when preparing for a contest.  Moreover, he would also train each muscle group three times a week. 

It was rumoured that Arnold would need to train with at least three different training partners because no one could keep up with him.

He is a magnificent example of commitment, dedication, hard work, single-mindedness and enduring hardship for the sake of the prize – and he won the prize.

The Apostle Paul knew that for Christians there is an even greater, grander, eternal prize that motivates them. He knew that we, as Christians, must answer to Jesus and either receive reward or rebuke.