The Greatest Truth that Steve Jobs Taught Us

Posted: October 6, 2011 in Christian living

I was a part of the rest of the collective world that sighed in sadness yesterday when hearing that the great inventive dynamo, Steve Jobs, had died. He is being called the “Thomas Edison” of our time for his tenacious vision for innovation, rightly so.

My first question upon hearing of his death was, “Was he a follower of Christ?”. Isn’t it interesting that we rarely ask that question of great innovators until they’ve died. To not ask this question is to value his personal accomplishments above him as a person. In doing some research I discovered that Steve was a self-professed devout Buhhdist. Unless in the process of dying Steve came to a point of faith in Jesus Christ (which is a real possibility) for the Christian  there should be profound sadness. Why? Because it means that Steve did not come to a saving faith in Jesus. If this is true he will not rest in peace.

Truly, Steve Jobs was gifted by God to be a creative genius. God’s common grace to all mankind was seen in what Steve Jobs gave to the world in advancing technology. However, I believe the greatest lesson Steve Jobs teaches mankind is this: Even great visionaries can be blind. Steve had the ability to see innovation on the horizon but he was blind to see Christ as savior and Lord. The only accomplishment and contribution that can save a man was accomplished on the cross through Jesus.

There are those that will find this post as crass and insensitive written so soon after his death. But I would say this: For the next few days his life will be dissected through article, documentary and essay. This to me is the greatest question: Did Steve follow Jesus?  It is the weightiest question that can be asked of any of us.

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  1. jp says:

    i read the same thing about his Buddhist beliefs…i too thought that he is probably not resting in peace, unless he repented for his sins and accepted Jesus as savior in his final moments. it really was a sad realization to come to yesterday. he also did not publicly donate any money to the needy. i’m not saying he didn’f do it anonymously. but it’s sad to think this man openly disagreed with Gates and Buffett on giving to the needy.

    the other thing that has been disturbing is the flood of comments that elevate this mortal man to immortal and even a deity-like status. i am fully aware of the impact he has made on the world; but in his own words, he sells a product with a “shelf life of only six-months.” perhaps a testament that built a culture on frivalous spending and “needing” unecessary things. to which i am guilty of falling victim to as well.

    • Nathan Rouse says:

      Hey JP,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. I think you make a great point in regards to deifying people after they’ve gone. We all do it. It will most likely be done by others for us when we die. We tend to only remember and high light the best in others when we lost them. It’s a great lesson in seeing the gift of God in others. Honing our ability to learn from anyone: saved or unsaved.

      • Jon Foster says:

        Truth is Truth. To often we sugar coat it when it shouldn’t be, cant be but we do. Thanks for speaking truth and not being PC. It was funny because this morning as I was making the bed they were talking about him on the radio again & I had the same type of thought… “all these accolades & accomplishments they credit him with… but I wonder if he was a Christian.” It just goes to show you what “the worlds” priorities are & where we as Christians have to different than the world while we are in the world. Thanks Nathan.

        • Nathan Rouse says:

          Hey Jon,

          So true about priorities. As I shared earlier it’s so easy to end up thinking like the world in how we view and process this life. Hope you’re well and I’m praying that the Longhorns destroy OU this weekend. 🙂

        • Nathan Rouse says:

          Hey Jon,

          So true about priorities. As I shared earlier it’s so easy to end up thinking like the world in how we view and process this life. Hope you’re well and I’m praying that the Longhorns destroy OU this weekend. 🙂

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