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  • Alan Fong

True Yokefellow

Today’s Verse:

And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life. ~Philippians 4:3

The yoke in the Bible spoke of a wooden harness that tied two oxen together for plowing. This was called an equal yoke. This implied two of the same kind doing the same thing, going in the same direction, and accomplishing the same task. Paul uses the term “yokefellow” to describe associates, colleagues, and co-laborers who assisted him in the gospel. This morning, I challenge you to be a yokefellow in the Lord’s work.

We see the purity.

Paul is addressing his true yokefellows. Being yoked together requires us to be pure in doctrine and ministry objective. There must not be competition, strife, or envy. We must be true in our loyalty and devotion to the work and to one another. It requires being servant to one another and acquiescing for the sake of harmony. True yokefellows have each others' backs. They defend each other. They compensate for each other. They do not present the gospel out of envy or spite, but, in love, provide the needed assistance to accomplish the goal of getting the gospel to sinners.

We see the purpose.

Paul called on his yokefellows to help those women who labored with him in the gospel. Some of the best soulwinners in churches are the women. Their passion and competency in communicating the gospel help the unsaved get a firm grasp on the gospel message and, eventually, get saved. Our greatest purpose that we have as Christians is trying to reach the unsaved with the gospel. We must recognize that if there are others in the church whom God is blessing in producing fruit that remains, then we must be