There is a fine line between being in this world but not of this world. This Scripture speaks specifically to those who are looking for a spouse and they are out in the world and wondering who God has prepared for them with whom to grow old. There is a verse that I have heard ever since I was a teenager in my youth group. Look at vs.14. Now, keep in mind that I went to a few different youth groups. One in a Presbyterian Church, where I didn’t hear this verse, and one from a youth worker named Big Al who brought me to an understanding that Jesus actually loved me. It was Big Al who taught me this verse and taught me, and all of us in our youth group, that we are not to look for people to date who were not Christian. Needless to say, there was a lot of dating going on within that youth group.
But there is a lasting truth in recognizing that we do not want to be unequally yoked for the rest of our lives. One of the first decisions we have to make is when the children come along. Do we baptize them? And if so, where and when? Those are questions that need to come along before the marriage and if the couple are not both Christians, then the one Christian will find themselves facing a very difficult uphill battle. There is a statement that we don’t choose with whom we fall in love. That is true, to a certain extent, but we do choose whom we will marry. I am a huge believer that if we do not marry those who love Jesus, then Jesus is going to lose out in our relationship. That is the most important thing in our life, our relationship with Jesus. I pray every day that my girls will find someone who loves Jesus that they will also fall in love with.