Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

by Lee Buford on October 6, 2011

Yesterday’s news of the death of Steve Jobs came as a big shock to many. Most of us knew or at least suspected that his health was in decline following his recent announcement to step away from his everyday duties at Apple, but the finality of his death has brought about an outpouring of reaction from all over the world.

As a Christian, to be totally transparent with you, my first thoughts upon hearing the news was to immediately wonder whether or not he knew the Lord. In fact, I pray that he did, and I’m sure many others feel the same. Only God knows the answer.

The fact is that God blessed Jobs in so many ways throughout his life, as He’s done with each of us, and I can only hope that Steve recognized that at some point. Jobs’ many visionary contributions in the technology arena have been (and are currently being) used by the church for God’s glory in so many ways. His notoriety and influence was world-wide…in fact, you’re probably reading this on some type of Apple device. But at the end of the day such fame, influence, and contribution mean nothing without with the knowledge of our Lord and Savior.

I’m reminded that, as Mark 8:36 asks:

 “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”

Steve Jobs, by most all accounts, was a man who had indeed “gained the whole world”. I pray that he did not forfeit his soul in the process.

Justin Taylor summed it up so well, writing yesterday that “…we can all hope that in his final days, this recipient of so much common grace found rest in God’s sovereign saving grace.”

I pray that he did indeed, and I’m thankful for Steve Jobs and his many contributions.




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