For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? -Mark 8:36
The world was deeply saddened on Wednesday, October 5, to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the greatest technological giants of the last three decades. My prayers for comfort and encouragement are with his family and friends, for I know that they need it. I also recently lost a dear friend of mine, so I can relate to the anguish one feels in moments of bereavement. Yet, when I think of someone like Steve Jobs, a man who influenced people the world over, I am reminded of the words of Jesus in the scripture cited above.
Jobs was clearly one of the wealthiest men in America. He had a loving family, a seemingly great career, and so much to live for. Unfortunately, he is no longer with us, for he has entered the realm of eternity at the young age of 56.
Rather than ponder the current location/experience of Steve Jobs, ask yourself: what will happen to me at the moment of death? The passing of Steve Jobs reminds us that no matter how well-off one may be in this life, we have to face the reality of our own mortality. In light of this truth, the Bible informs us that we will have to give an account of our lives to God on that final day (see Romans 14:12).
God is not interested in how well-balanced our portfolio is; nor is He impressed with our secular accomplishments. Yes, the world is much more technologically advanced because of Steve Jobs, for he was one of the most creative, innovative men that has graced the American soil. However, the greater question is this: was the name Steve Jobs in the Book of Life? (see Revelation 20:15)
My heart goes out to those who loved Jobs the most, but I am also saddened by the multitudes of people who are not prepared to enter God’s realm of eternity. God is the ultimate source of life; as such, our lives should be centered on knowing Him. If they are not, we can easily find ourselves creating a superficial purpose for our existence. According to Jesus, only a foolish person would simply settle for less (i.e. mere worldly pursuits) when they could have the best (i.e. knowing God; see Luke 12:16-21).
My purpose here is not to answer the question of Steve Job’s present state. Rather, my desire is to challenge you to think about that for which you are living. If you are one of the people who merely live for this life, I pity you. Why? If you gain everything this world has to offer, and yet lose your soul in eternity due to rejection of and indifference towards Jesus Christ, you have missed out on the essence of living. Not only that, but there will be no second chances after death (see Hebrews 9:27). You only have this life to get it right, and the way to get it right is through total surrender to Jesus Christ (see John 14:6).
Is Steve Jobs in heaven? I don’t know; but more importantly for you is whether you will be there when you close your eyes for the last time. Don’t let the glitz and glamour of the world lead you away from God into vain pursuits. Follow Christ, and come to know the life you were created for.
“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.”
-C. S. Lewis