Day: November 13, 2011

A Different Perspective

Mark Cahill 90x115by Mark Cahill

Seeing the world’s reaction to the passing of Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs has been interesting. It seemed like he was on the front page of every website when he died; and of course, he had been on the cover of Time magazine something like seven times during his life. He definitely was a popular man who made some big impacts on the world of technology during his years on planet earth.

To read some of the glowing reviews of this man, you would have thought he was Mother Theresa or something! So, I decided to do some research to see if I could find out more about him. Here are some interesting things that I learned:

  • He sold one of his companies for $400 million and another (Pixar) for $8 billion!! That is a lot of nickels where I come from. But the Bible has many interesting things to say about wealth.

Matthew 16:26 “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

The Changed Life

Oswald Chambers 90x115by Oswald Chambers

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new —2 Corinthians 5:17

What understanding do you have of the salvation of your soul? The work of salvation means that in your real life things are dramatically changed. You no longer look at things in the same way. Your desires are new and the old things have lost their power to attract you. One of the tests for determining if the work of salvation in your life is genuine is— has God changed the things that really matter to you? If you still yearn for the old things, it is absurd to talk about being born from above— you are deceiving yourself. If you are born again, the Spirit of God makes the change very evident in your real life and thought. And when a crisis comes, you are the most amazed person on earth at the wonderful difference there is in you. There is no possibility of imagining that you did it. It is this complete and amazing change that is the very evidence that you are saved.