Yesterday, people heard the news that Apple co-founder and recently resigned CEO, Steve Jobs, died after years of fighting pancreatic cancer. This iconic man has definitely contributed immensely to advancing technology and without any argument, a genius as he always tried to think "out of the box". I only own one Apple product, a hand-me-down iPhone from my brother-in-law. And even with only that item as a basis for my evaluation of how good Jobs is, I can easily agree that he was way up there in his field.
People all over the world right away voiced their sadness with Jobs passing away. There are those in tears because they've realized that they will not see him anymore unveiling a new Apple product in his trademark black shirt and Levi's jeans. People are sad about his death because of what he has done during his 56 years in this world. Very few though are sad for him for what he has NOT done while here on earth... to entrust his eternity to his Creator.
Steve Jobs is known to be a Zen Buddhist. As much as I love the guy, I disagree with his choice of spirituality as that does not give him forgiveness of sin and life eternal in Heaven that only Jesus Christ can give anyone who humbly decides to repent of his sins and puts his trust on Him. Yeah, Jobs desired to help and change this world for others. In his speech he delivered at Stanford University's commencement ceremony in 2005, Jobs said that he does not care if he is the richest man in the cemetery. What he cares about is doing something wonderful in life. Wow! For a while there, I thought Jobs had it right. Proverbs 11:4 tells us that "Riches profit not in the day of wrath...", until you realized that what he means of "doing something wonderful in life" is not about having the righteousness of Jesus imputed to him. How I hope that one day in Heaven, I'll see Steve and learn that before he was separated from our world, someone who cared enough shared to him the Gospel and he responded to it's call of repentance and faith.
Steve Jobs' death or anybody's death is really sad news. Not because we will miss what they contribute to making this vain life easier to live, but because of where they'll end up at if Christ is not their Savior. 56 years. That's how long God gave Jobs to make a choice in favor of Him. How long do you think God will give you the chance to make your choice? Treat today your D-day (decision day). Choose to heed the call of the Gospel before it's too late.
Dennis Aglosolos, the Director of Living Waters - Asia, will be answering questions.