While I sat in the lobby of the Heart Hospital this AM waiting on my aunt to have a pacemaker installed I read. Cracked open my bible and dove into John, that's what we're doing on Wednesday nights for the next few weeks. So I thought I'd take a chance to read and just see if anything new popped out. I had almost gotten through chapter 10 when the buzzer went off, alerting me to end of the procedure. I was reading in a very whisper like voice with much emotion, i would imagine that several looks were probably shot my way, but I was focused. I was using my yellow colored reading gel. But that's a different blog post.
Unless you've been under a rock for the past 24 hours, you probably didn't know that Steve Jobs has died. It blew up the blogosphere, twitter world, TV, and was headlines all over the world. I won't take time to rehash all the great accomplishes that Jobs made on our society, that's been done numerous times.
While eating breakfast I read a twitter post that Albert Mohler wrote in a blog post sometime early this AM on Jobs life and sparked some thought in my mind. Sampling from the article, "...Christians considering the life and death of Steve Jobs will do well to remember once again the power of an individual life. God has invested massive creative abilities in his human creatures. These are often used for good, and sometimes deployed to evil ends. Steve Jobs devoted his life to a technological dream that he thought would empower humanity. He led creative teams that developed technological wonders, and then he made them seemingly necessary for life in the digital age."
Mohler continued by saying, "He exited the scene with grace, ensuring that the company he founded would endure when he was off the scene. There is much to learn from his life and his legacy.
At the same time, Christians cannot leave the matter where the secular world will settle on Steve Jobs’ legacy. The secular conversation will evade questions of eternal significance, but Christians cannot. As is the case with so many kings, rulers, inventors, leaders, and shapers of history, Christians can learn from Steve Jobs and even admire many of his gifts and contributions. Yet, we must also observe what is missing here.
I am writing this essay on an Apple laptop computer. I am listening to the strains of Bach playing from my iPad via an AirPort Express. My iPhone sits on my desk, downloading a new App from iTunes. Steve Jobs has invaded my life, my house, my office, my car, and my desktop —and I am thankful for all of these technologies.
But unerring taste, aesthetic achievement, and technological genius will not save the world. Christians know what the world does not —that the mother tending her child, the farmer planting his crops, the father protecting his family, the couple faithfully living out their marital vows, the factory worker laboring to support his family, and the preacher preparing to preach the Word of God are all doing far more important work.
We have to measure life by its eternal impact, even as we are thankful for every individual who makes this world a better place. But, don’t expect eternal impact to be the main concern of the business pages."
Mohler makes a wise observation that many Christians should consider and evaluate in our own lives, "There is much to learn from his life and his (Jobs') legacy." This opens my thought to my personal life. What will people say about me when I die? Legacy? Am I leaving one as a follower of Christ? Am I living in such a way that will leave someone else much to learn?
I want to mention two obvious things we can glean from Jobs brief time with us.
In our culture today, it seems that so many of us what 'it' to be handed to us. To not have to work for it, to charge it on the credit cards, to inherit it from family, to come about 'it' easily. Whatever 'it' is. As a Christian what can I learn from the way Jobs lived his life? From what I read, it took Jobs a long time before he was satisfied to even put a product out. Even after a product was released he was already thinking of ways to make it better, the iPod was good, but it could be better, thus we now have the iPod which is really the Second Generation iTouch. 1) As followers of Christ, don't ever be satisfied, with less than more of Christ. More of him in my thoughts, in my actions, in the way I spend my money, in my family, the way I treat others, in what I spend my time doing. More of Him. We can live a life of satisfaction. That this __________ is good enough or that our effort to tell someone about the life change in Christ was good enough. We have to keep " working out our salvation with fear and trembling" -Phil 2.
The second thing I would say we can see from Jobs is; who are you allowing to surrounding you and live life with you? Jobs could visualize and design and dream; for this we must thank him. But a dream is nothing without action. He had to surround himself with people who could actually make the iphone4 reality. People that were dedicated to the cause, to the dream of creating the most intricate phone ever seen. People that had knowledge and experience. And people who were willing to be pushed to do something that had never been done before. So what can we take away? 2) As followers of Christ, who are you influencing and allowing to influence you (a.k.a. Discipleship)? If our goals of following Christ is personal holiness, seeing others come to Christ, teaching others to be more like Christ, and such, we have to live life with key people in our lives. In 1 Cor 15:33, Paul takes a quote from an artwork of his day, "Bad company ruins good morals." As Christ followers we have to be very careful of the people we allow to influence us. Who we spend the most time with, what we watch, read, spend time doing. Outside of following Christ, who better to help us succeed in following then a great mentor. In turn, we take the example of Paul and in turn have peers who are growing to Christ at the same level we are (we become iron sharpening iron), and then bring others under us and lead them (newer and younger followers) into a deeper relationship with Christ.
Thousands of people die each day. They die having not made an impact on the world around them. The lived without significance. By looking at Jobs life, you know he lived with purpose, with impact, and great significance...on the business world. For eternity? I don't know what Jobs did with his life in the final five weeks after stepping out of the public eye. That is between him and our Creator. I join Mark Driscoll in his challenge to his followers via twitter, "Let's all be praying for Steve Jobs' family & that any Christians who know them will be a loving support."
For me, for you the Christ follower..."we have to measure life by its eternal impact." What impact are you making?
Christ Follower, Husband, Father, Student Pastor, and Lover of all things Garlic and Bacon.