When we do not do what others do, that done by others condemns our lack of action — for if they can do it, their action means we could do it as well. Their actions extinguish our excuses.

When we, with more, do not do what others with less have done, these actions of others, with less, condemn our lack of action with more.

God's standard of judgment is not arbitrary. It is linked not only to what can be done, but more importantly to what has been done.

We see this in what I call the Ghetto Standard. When a student in the Ghetto succeeds, he or she is ridiculed. Why — because the environment of the Ghetto is used as an excuse for the failures of the students. But when one student succeeds in that environment, this success eliminates the possibility of using the environment as an excuse.

This is the message in Luke 11:31 &32.

The Queen of the South will rise up with the men of this generation at the judgment and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.32 The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

Then in Luke 11:52 Jesus tells the Lawyers that they have taken away the key of knowledge. In so doing they have not entered and they have also prevented others from entering as well.

The Lawyers have attempted to control the standard so they will be in control and be the winners. But in their attempt to control the standard they have actually reduced the standard. While they reduce the standard for themselves, others, with less, have done more. This fact undercuts the Lawyer’s standard. The very reduction in the standard that was to assure their success now condemns them. And all because someone else was able to meet a higher standard — they did more with less.

So the lawyers are not only condemned, they are Condemned by a Lesser Standard.

© 2012, VoiceWind. . .Greg Loveless. All rights reserved.

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