Friday, March 26th, 2010
"Lord, whom shall we go away to? You have sayings of everlasting life." (John 6:68)
In accepting Jehovah’s authority, we need to guard against an independent spirit. A haughty attitude can cause us to feel that we do not need guidance from anyone. Accepting Jehovah’s authority also involves responding to counsel based on his Word. We must “stay awake and keep our senses.” (1 Thessalonians 5:6) Such counsel is very appropriate during these last days in which many are “lovers of themselves, lovers of money.” (2 Timothy 3:1, 2) Could we be affected by such prevailing attitudes? Yes. Nonspiritual goals could lull us into spiritual sleep, or we might adopt a materialistic attitude. (Luke 12:16-21) Hence, how wise it is to accept the Bible’s counsel and avoid the self-serving lifestyle that is so prevalent in Satan’s world!—1 John 2:16.
(Watchtower issue: 6/15/08, 3:13, 14)
*alot of people seem to think that only really *big* or *serious* sins matter in God's eyes, but they forget that the very first sin was the direct result of a rebellious and independent attitude. If you think about it, ALL other sins are the result of an independent spirit and rebelliousness. Which is why disobedience, (even in relatively minor areas of life), isn't minor at all, as mentioned in the following verse:
"The person faithful in what is least is faithful also in much, and the person unrighteous in what is least is unrighteous also in much." (Luke 16:10)