How the church can learn from Steve Jobs

This past Sunday we talked about how in Acts 10, the apostles realized for the first time just how “big” this Gospel message was and how big their task was.  It was here in Acts 10 that for the first time they understood that Jesus came not just for the Jewish people, but the Gentiles (rest of the world) as well!  God was taking this thing to another level and they were right in the center of it.

After Steve Jobs death I picked up his biography.  It’s a big book and I’m about 1/3 of the way through it.  I’m intrigued in this book by this thing that people say Steve Jobs possessed.  It’s called the “reality distortion field”.  It’s described as the following: “In his presence, reality is malleable.  He can convince anyone of practically anything.  It wears off when he’s not around…it was what led him to actually be able to change reality.”  Many believe this is/was one of the main reasons for Apple’s success.  Because even when they were small (I’m talking putting together computer parts in his parent’s garage with a couple of friends), he had this belief that he knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that his company was the best, the greatest, and the biggest thing in town and he got others to believe in that as well.  And they started living like that was true.  And look at the impact they had.

But there’s one more thing that’s important to note about Apple.  Much of their success was becuase they focused more than any other company on the little things, the details.  Even the things people never see in a computer.  All the way from the packaging to the right look to exactly the right pieces to the rounded corners that no one had on laptops, etc.  They didn’t become great by doing one major thing, they became great by doing a lot of little things right!

The temptation with church planting, even though I see God tremendously blessing us already, is to want expectations really fast!  God’s already done a lot of great things, but I want even more.  I’m sure you do too.

The best way to get to where we want to be is to have the confidence that the church is God’s and that He will bless it. We can let Him be in charge of all the big things (namely the Spirit’s working in the church), while we can focus on the little things and the details that are in front of us.  Every conversation you have, every day you go to work, every chance you are in the community is a chance for you to plant seeds and do something that many would perceive as small.  But with God working in you it can make a lasting impact.

If we truly believe the Bible, then we see that one day “every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord…”  We know the church will win because the Bible says that gates of Hades will not prevail against it!

So we can have confidence that though we may not be “big” according to the world’s standards, we are the biggest and the greatest thing around town (and I mean this for the church at large and not just our specific church, though I think we’re great too 🙂  And we can go around and take care of the things God puts in front of us.  That’s all He wants us to do.

So what is God asking of you today?

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