Every follower of Jesus should hold himself or herself to a higher standard than they hold anyone else. Today’s Bible study was prompted by one of Travis Pauley’s favorite quotes from “The Chosen” television series. In Season Two, Episode 1, Jesus says, “I ask a lot of those who follow me, but I ask little of those who do not.”
Wes McAdams and Travis Pauley discuss why, as followers of Jesus, we must hold ourselves to a higher standard than we hold anyone else. First, we must hold ourselves to a higher standard than we hold unbelievers. Second, we must even hold ourselves to a higher standard than we hold other Christians.
It’s one thing to give up hypocrisy and “double standards” (holding others to a higher standard than we hold ourselves). But followers of Jesus must go further. We must ask more of ourselves than we ask of anyone else.
We will talk about several passages in the New Testament that teach this idea.
Bible Passages Discussed:
- Matthew 23:1-4
- 1 Corinthians 5:9-13
- Romans 14:1-12
- Matthew 7:1-5