Steve Jobs, Apple, and Us

Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, died recently. It’s hard to think of anyone who has had a greater technological impact on the world. News of his death spread on one of his own creations: the iPhone. People held up their iPads, another of his creations, with the image of a burning candle in his memory. He was mourned worldwide.

Jobs was a very private man, so we know little about his faith. He was raised a Lutheran; he and his wife were married by a Buddhist monk. In a 2005 Stanford University graduation speech, when he was already terminally ill, he spoke about death. He had several insightful comments — for instance, how the inevitability of death should prompt us to live well while we’re alive. Still, he said nothing about God or life with God after death.

At the end of the day, at the end of his last day, he was surrounded by a few close family members. All the technological gadgets and the billions of dollars that he was worth faded to the background. In fairness to him, he apparently never took those things too seriously. If he passed like most people pass even those gathered around him faded into the background when death was imminent. At the very end the size of our universe shrinks to our soul and God.

Jesus asks the question, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36)

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