Some thoughts on the death of Steve Jobs

Jesus once asked, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? (Mark 8:36-37).” These questions came to mind yesterday after I heard the news of Jobs’ death.

Jobs died Wednesday at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer. What Jobs accomplished in his life is nothing short of remarkable. Recently, Apple Inc. (the company he founded and led) surpassed Exon Mobil as the most valuable company on the planet. Jobs is deserving of much of the credit for the phenomenal rise of the once “small” computer company.

Blogger Albert Mohler writes:

“The death of Steve Jobs, founder and iconic leader of Apple, is a signal moment in the lives of the “Digital Generation,” which Jobs, along with a very few other creative geniuses, made possible. Few individuals of any historical epoch can claim to have changed the way so many people live their lives, do their work, and engage the products of the culture.

Jobs was one of the most influential cultural creatives of all time. If that seems like an exaggeration, it is only because the products that Jobs and Apple brought into being have become so familiar that they appear as the furnishings of contemporary lives. The personal computer was not invented by Steve Jobs, but he saw the possibility of integrated systems that would allow personal creativity to blossom. He saw products that customers did not even know they needed — and then released the products to the public, creating entire new markets and unleashing an explosion of worldwide technological creativity.”

Steve Jobs was indeed, a “creative genius.” The Creator God blessed Jobs with rare abilities and he certainly made use of those abilities, but the question that I have been asking myself ever since his death is – to what end? If anyone could claim to have gained the world, it was Jobs, but was it really worth it?

Apart from a deathbed conversion, it is likely that Jobs, in the words of Jesus, “forfeited his soul.” There is no indication that he ever repented or gave his life to Christ. This means that on Wednesday, Jobs entered into a lost eternity. While we can’t help but be impressed by his earthly accomplishments, as a follower of Christ, I am deeply saddened that Steve Jobs died without the hope of heaven and the hope of eternal life.

The bible says, “it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27) If he hasn’t already, Jobs will soon meet his Maker and I fear that he won’t be covered with the blood of Christ. His life will be an open book before Almighty God and there will be no excuses. The only way to be spared from the wrath of God is to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Friend, don’t wait another day to give your life to Christ. Like, Steve Jobs, you might have enjoyed a life marked by success, riches, and perhaps even some fame. But in the end, none of that will matter. After all, “what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” Don’t waste your life – repent and turn to Christ before its too late.

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