The Death of Steve Jobs: The Real Story

steve-jobs-photoI’ve been reading quite a bit about the untimely death of Steve Jobs, the founder and creative genius behind the Apple empire.  When someone as powerful and famous as that passes away, it seems that everyone has something to say about it.

There are many thoughtful eulogies that highlight his incredible life of success; stories that give in-depth analyses of how his passing may or may not affect the bottom line of Apple; commentaries by health gurus that second guess the treatment he received for his illness; and of course, numerous conspiracy theories that are intent on “exposing” the truth surrounding his illness and death (or faked death).

As interesting as many of those stories may be, the real story that needs to be told is the story of how a single soul recently stood before God and gave a final accounting of his life; the story of how no amount of wealth and power could stop that inevitable journey that we will all make someday.

Don’t get me wrong, Steve Jobs did indeed have a profound impact on our society, and many of those other stories are certainly worth telling. And to be clear, this is not intended to be a bash-the-rich commentary, nor am I making any judgments or assumptions about the final state of his soul…but when someone like Steve Jobs passes away I can’t help but ponder the fleeting nature of this life.

Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow. Psalm 144:4

Our lives rush by quickly, and regardless of the level of our material achievements during that time, death washes it all away and becomes the great equalizer.  Beyond the grave, there are no wealthy people, no celebrities, no social elite, and no CEOs.  All the accolades that are now being sung about Steve Jobs’ life, his amazing technological legacy, and the vast fortune that he accumulated are of no benefit to him now.

In our society, we have a tendency to judge people based on their accomplishments and material success.  God, on the other hand, judges all of us equally according to his perfect standards, and we all equally fail to meet those standards.  It is only by trusting in Christ that we are made acceptable in God’s eyes.

For all of Steve’s earthly wealth and power, he was judged in the same manner and by the same standards as the poorest of those that may have died on the same day.

Yes, all of those stories about his life’s accomplishments are well and fine, but let’s not forget that he had a soul, a soul whose eternal fate, good or bad, was just recently sealed.

This should be a source of serious contemplation for all of us.  His death should be a sober reminder of how quickly this life goes by.  It should also remind us that we need to store up our treasures in heaven, not on earth, and that ultimately the only thing that truly matters is our relationship with God.

I appreciate many of the incredible things that Steve Jobs accomplished in his life, but it’s all meaningless if “he gains the world, but loses his soul,” Matthew 16:26.

I can only hope that he did indeed put his faith in Christ and not in his wealth, and that he is now basking in the glory of heaven.

Rest in peace Steve.


  1. Wait what? He was a vegetarian, believed in not harming anyone, a serious buddhist – in all a supreme good guy. You think GOD wouldnt accept him with open arms because he did not believe?

    Anyways i think this is more blasphemy then Steve ‘not believing in Christ’. If someone did NOT lose his soul, its Steve Jobs. His soul was pure till the day of his death.

    Also STOP IT with the anoying ‘have faith in Christ or burn in Hell’. really sounds Islamic to me (have faith in Allah or burn in hell). Be open, love like Christ loved, was he as narrow minded as Christians are today? I doubt it.

    • Stephen Bautista /

      I think it’s ironic that someone who likes to give off an air of “tolerance,” is actually being intolerant by telling me that I should “stop it” with my “annoying” beliefs. But I digress…

      I say the following out of genuine love and compassion for every soul in this fallen world.

      The truth is…and there is only one real truth…God is NOT tolerant. He hates sin and demands perfection from every one of us. And whether you believe it or not, there is not a single one of us that will ever meet his demands for perfection. I am a Christian not because I think I am more righteous or more deserving of God’s favor. On the contrary, I am a believer because I have acknowledged and accepted the fact that I have fallen far short of God’s perfect standards and that I desperately NEED a Savior.

      Fortunately, God IS merciful and he DID send Jesus to be perfect for us and pay the price for our sins, thus making those who believe in Jesus acceptable to God. No amount of good deeds on our part will ever achieve this.

      The love of Jesus that you refer to, is in fact the love that tells us not to rely on our own deeds, but to trust in Him as our Savior and accept the FREE gift of salvation that is available to ANYONE who will believe.

      The existence of this TRUTH does not depend on your belief in it, just as the existence of Gravity does not depend on your belief in Gravity–whether you believe in Gravity or not, you will most certainly fall if you walk off the edge of a cliff.

      I pray that you trust in Jesus as your Savior and not rely on your own “good deeds” while walking your soul off the edge of eternity.

  2. Interesting, Stephen, that my Christian Carnival post started with thoughts about Steve Jobs, too, and the fleeting nature of life.

    Thanks for this excellent post.


  3. Gail Potratz /

    Thanks for putting into words so eloquently some of the thoughts that have been swirling around in my head since the death of Steve Jobs was announced.Your words show understanding and Christian love for all. IPad sales do not save, only Christ saves us from the grip of sin and the dominion of hell. I respected and admired so many of Steve Jobs’ characteristics and abilities, but I’m saddened by not having the comfort of knowing he may indeed have embraced Christ and is now in heaven.

    No matter how impressive, this world is temporary. Eternity awaits. Clearly, we have much work to do before it is night.

    May God use your songs and your blog to continue to witness to the truth of God’s love for all people!

    • Stephen Bautista /

      Yes we have much work to do. It’s so easy to get distracted by worldly pursuits. BTW, I find your words very eloquent also.

  4. Brenda /

    It seemed to me that your wife was nagging me to read this article. So I read it. Apparently, it was not your wife nagging me, but the Holy Spirit. Thank God for giving you the words to gently remind us of where we should be grounded. And thank God for the genius of Steve Jobs.

  5. This is an extremely powerful perspective. Well said.

  6. Thank you for writing this one. It’s a nice reminder that in the end, only our relationship with God counts. Bless you!

    • Stephen Bautista /

      Yes, we all need a reminder now and then.

    • We need to hear that reminder about our relationship to God being every bit as important and more so than secular worldly successes. God’s blessing extend to us more than the technology we have in our possession. We have God’s promise of external life through Jesus Christ. Thanks Stephen for giving us that message through music.

      • Stephen Bautista /

        Hi Perry, I appreciate your sentiments. Great to hear from you again! One of these days I’ll need to get out to Iowa for a concert.


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