“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” – Steve Jobs
I am torn between two sets of emotions as I write this post. On the one hand, I respect Steve Jobs and stand in awe of what he managed to accomplish. In fact those close to me have jokingly asked, “Are you going to be okay?” Since they know how much I love iProducts. And yet, on the other hand, I am deeply saddened by the thought that he like so many others was deceptively led to the slaughter by trusting in himself instead of Christ. Steve Jobs, for many, was a god (if you doubt this fact… just type in “Steve Jobs god” on Google images… it is creepy to say the least). Nevertheless, he like those before him could not prevent the wretched curse of death from consuming his life. Hence, he was no god at all. Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to interact with two different individuals who responded equally wrong to the same question. The question is simple, one I am sure many of you have heard before, “If you were to die tonight do you think you would go to heaven?” One gentleman flat out said, “Hell, no… I have done too many bad things.” He bought the lie that God’s grace isn’t powerful enough to restore whatever he had done. He based salvation on works and therefore wrote off his chance at ever obtaining God’s forgiveness. Another gentleman was equally mistaken, he said, “well… yeah… I’ll go to heaven… I haven’t been that bad… God will understand.” Again salvation by works but instead of writing off God’s forgiveness as unobtainable like the previous gentleman, he saw forgiveness as unnecessary. Satan is crafty… he deceives people into misunderstanding the gospel … a message of salvation to the world that ALL have sinned, that ALL deserve death, and that ALL can be saved by grace through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And so I remain torn. I deeply hope that Steve Jobs trusted in Christ, rather than his “gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.” Regardless, I pray that those who continue to watch death reign, as it will continue to do until Christ’s return might finally embrace the One who has defeated death so that we might have life. Life doesn’t start after death, rather life begins after reception of God’s gift of forgiveness.