“Little children, keep yourself from idols.” So reads the last verse of 1 John. This week, one of the world’s idols was shattered by the relentless Grim Reaper.
I am an avid Apple user. Their products greatly enhance my life and ministry. I praise the Lord for them. Steve Jobs, co-founder and solo genius, was a unique gift of common grace to the world. We may not see another like him in our generation. But Steve Jobs was not the savior of the world. Rather, he desperately needed the Savior. From all indications, he did not know Him. If that is true, his creative powers, his marketing expertise, his competitive drive, and his hypnotizing charisma will not be able to save him from the wrath of a just Judge.
I admit, I am a little saddened to think that Jobs will no longer be in control of Apple. However, I am a lot saddened by the way the world has responded to his death. There’s no giving of thanks to the only true Creator, no admiration of the greatest product Designer in the universe, no wonder at the One whose innovations are on display wherever an eyelid opens.
Jobs is dead; Jesus is alive. Jobs could not save; Jesus does. Jobs only borrowed; Jesus made from nothing. Jobs will be unknown in a few generations; Jesus will be worshipped forever.
When Jesus gives good gifts, we should enjoy them, even if they are given through the hands of pagans. But we must never forget Who is and who is not God. Little children, keep yourself from idols.
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