“For ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved’.” (Romans 10:13)
For most of us, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ untimely death did not affect us…or did it? Jobs was iconic and deserves much of the credit for transforming cell phones into pocket computers. Even though you may not own one of his iPhones, the phone you do own works like it does because of what he did with the iPhone when it originally launched.
As I watched the testimonials and movies since Mr. Jobs died in 2011, I cannot help but appreciate how much Steve Jobs accomplished, much of it over the last ten years while he was battling pancreatic cancer and recovery from a liver transplant, His death was a great loss and a great life cut short. He was our present-day Henry Ford!
Jobs was a very private man and rarely discussed his view of life, his role here on earth, and where he is going when he dies. However, in was a 2005 speech he made to the Stanford University graduating class, he spoke candidly about how we viewed life and more particularly, his own death:
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
Jobs went on to say:
“About a year ago (2004) I was diagnosed with cancer…No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.”
Steve Jobs was correct. No one, even a Christian, really wants to die and leave their family, even though they know they’re going to heaven. Death is a common destination and I have come to realize that the older I get, my days really are numbered.
Even though Mr. Jobs was an avowed Buddhist, there is great hope for our unsaved friends in his words: “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool that I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.”
We need to remember these words when we think there is no hope, no chance of salvation, for those who do not believe that Christ died for us. Maybe our unsaved love ones and friends aren’t as cool to the Gospel as we would like to believe. Perhaps, there is a door on their heart that will hear the knock and respond. Isn’t Easter the one time of the year when the thought of what the holiday means softens the heart and mind to listen?
We are taught that the best way to reach someone with Christ is to find common ground on which both of us can stand. For the unbeliever, death is a common destiny we share. But it doesn’t have to be gloomy, and we shouldn’t be reluctant to approach them, thinking they’ve heard it all before and have grown cold to it. I believe all ground is fertile at the Cross. Just remind that friend of yours who doesn’t know Jesus Christ that when we understand our days really are numbered, we also understand that we have the opportunity to make some better choices…or as Steve Jobs put it: “Big choices.”Share on Facebook