I’ve had this post on my heart for quite some time, but thought I’d let the smoke clear before posting it. This post isn’t necessarily about Steve Jobs, but he makes such a good example we’ll go that route.
Steve was an amazing man by any standards. He achieved goals that most can’t even dream of. It’s true to say that he had a profound effect on many millions of lives, including my own, and has left behind him, a legacy that will endure for some time.
Steve was capable of making hard decisions. It takes guts to do what he did, and far-seeing vision to bring into being the things we now take for granted in everyday use. He achieved the American dream to the nth degree, came from a fairly normal background, dropped out of school, was a millionaire in his twenties, became a billionaire later. It’s not rags to riches, it’s an ordinary kid to riches.
Some of the decisions he made must have been tough to make, but there was one that was easy. Yes, one was very easy, but he missed it. Steve chose to follow Buda instead of Christ. Repeatedly chanting mantras may well bring some sort of hypnotic peace, but it does squat for the really important stuff…What happens after! In spite of his wealth, and his prowess as a CEO. In spite of his visionary lifestyle that has had such an effect on many of us, he has fallen foul of this principle:
“For what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and yet lose his soul.”
Steve could have had it all, God is not against wealth, but Steve did as he always did, he chose to go his own way. I can only hold on to the hope that he called out to the Lord at some point, for the Lord is gracious…
“For all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”