Thoughts & Ideas
The sacrifices of a wealthy and poor man are not equal – they are only required to bring offerings according to their means. The Talmud states that a wealthy metzora, a person struck with leprosy, who brings a poor man’s offering has not fulfilled his obligation with such an offering.
The Chafetz Chaim says that same concept applies to a Jew’s spirituality. A person must use the utmost effort when it comes to serving the Almighty, and must utilise fully the potential that G-d has granted him. We may often validate our bad behaviour by comparing ourselves to friends who are doing similarly but this is a grave error. Your friend may fall into the category of a spiritually ‘poor man’, perhaps he does not possess the same capabilities and knowledge that you do. If you act like him you may well see your own obligation to reach greater heights go unfulfilled. The greater our potential, the greater the expectation.