‘Game Changer’ [v153]

NOVEMBER 2011

‘Game Changer’

Most of you know that I’m kind of a Apple ‘nut’ (kudos to my business partner, Bob Hart, for being the first to make me “Think Different”). So when I heard of the founder and iconic leader of Apple, Steve Jobs, passed away (a few weeks ago), I was saddened to lose such a ‘game changer’ in the tech world. 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, just think of the products that Jobs and Apple have brought into being, and how they have become so familiar in our lives, that they have become the ‘furnishings’ of our 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. I’ve got to believe Steve would have agreed with Henry Ford when he said: “If I had asked my customers what they wanted, they would have said, “A faster horse!”


Steve Jobs and his creative team at Apple changed the computing world for the better. His genius, leadership and marketing prowess have given us products that are simple to use, elegant in style, and help ‘manage’ our fast-paced lives.

He’s being heralded as a “game changer,” and, for me, has joined John D. Rockefeller and Henry Ford as some of the most influential innovators America has ever produced. Rarified company indeed, and a spot well deserved for Steve.


The thing is, Jobs actually wanted to be a ‘game changer’. Here’s a quote, in 1997, following his dramatic return after more than 10 years away from Apple, that became the ‘mantra’ of the company, and the impetus for the famous ad campaign that helped ‘restore’ Apple’s reputation:

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes…the ones who see things differently—they’re not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things…they push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

[ Watch original “Think Different” ad using the above quote as the voice-over:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyGT2F74p_A ]


Jobs’ sense of taste—almost an intuition to know in advance what would be considered tasteful—was remarkable. Nevertheless, taste is not a very substantial basis for a ‘worldview’, nor can technology ‘save’ us.

Steve Jobs lived a life that, by secular standards, will be considered legendary. Generations to come will be directly influenced by forces and products that he and his company brought to reality. He died a legend, and one of the world’s richest men.

His personal life was far more complicated than his cool and reserved public image suggested. His worldview, seemingly and vaguely Eastern in orientation (there was speculation that Jobs was Buddhist), was very much a part of the ‘hidden’ Steve Jobs. In his 2005 commencement address at Stanford University, Jobs said:

“Again, 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.”


At the same time, Christians cannot leave the matter where the secular world will settle on Steve Jobs’ legacy. The secular conversation will evade questions of eternal significance, but I cannot. As is the case with so many kings, rulers, inventors, leaders and shapers of history, we all can learn from Steve Jobs and even admire many of his gifts and contributions. Yet, we must also observe what is missing here.


I am writing this “Deep Thoughts” on my Apple computer, listening to a “playlist” of my favorite songs in iTunes, and my iPhone is wirelessly downloading a few new apps at the same time. Steve Jobs has invaded my car, my office, my house, and to a great extent, my life—-and I am thankful to him for all of these technologies.

[iPhone 3G “Game Changer” Commercial:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX1Nsjdvtuo ].

Even though Steve did see ‘things differently’, and he was brave enough to follow his heart and mind, unerring taste, aesthetic achievement, and technological genius will not ‘save the world’.

Jobs changed the way we function in this world. He changed the way we listen to music, the way we connect with one another, and the way we share our lives. In many ways he has helped to make our lives simpler, yet more elegant—and for that he is a ‘game changer’. But even so, the world is still a ‘mess’. Humanity is mired in sin and death. Evil is everywhere. Technology cannot change this dark reality. Human hearts still gravitate toward ‘rebellion’—sin and evil.

In the Bible, the Apostle John wrote about this concerning the ‘world’:

“For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever” [1 John 2:16-17]. In Matthew it says, “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? [Matthew 16:26].


Despite the great advances in technology, the world remains as it has been since Adam and Eve ate the forbidden ‘apple’—and it will continue under sin’s influence and the deceptive philosophies of the evil one until, as the Bible states, Jesus returns.


But, God has not left us without hope—He sent THE “GAME CHANGER,” Jesus Christ, to come to this earth and ‘rescue’ us from the corruption of this world—and those who put their trust in Him are ‘snatched out’ of this world and placed into His Kingdom! The Apostle John described this as “being in the world, but not of the world.”

One day, there will be a “new heavens and a new earth.” and you can be part of it! Jesus will send His ‘Spirit’ into the people who have ‘believed’ in Him, as a ‘guarantee’ of what is to come. So, until Jesus returns, we are to continue to impact this world by ‘imparting’ His life to those who would receive Him.


There have been many people throughout history who have changed the way we function in the world. But there is only ONE who can, and Who will change the world itself—the ONE who showed that He has power over both sin and death.


A very prolific writer of Christianity, and once atheist, C.S. Lewis made a statement that serves as powerful reminder about the claims of Christianity:

“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”

So, I IMPLORE YOU to make this an important ‘issue’ to determine for yourself…what if what the Bible says about Jesus is true? (If Jesus really is fully human and fully divine; if Jesus’ death on the cross was no accident, but rather an ‘atoning sacrifice’ for the sins of the world; and if Jesus was bodily raised from the dead).

If these things are true—and the Bible says that God will “lead you to all truth”—then the Bible is not merely one truth among many other truths, it is THE TRUTH! (something Jesus called Himself).

Jesus is THE ‘GAME CHANGER’—and He will CHANGE EVERYTHING!


[Excerpts from: Alfred Mohler; Bob Christopher; Alston Johnson]

[P.S.: If you would like to investigate further about what the Bible has to say about if Jesus is the ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN, visit the following link:
http://www.TheSearchForMeaning.net/sfm_pres/sp_q6_d1_1of10.html


Blessings…Mark


LIFE’S DEEP THOUGHTS (v153) for NOVEMBER 2011 If you have a ‘neat’ story or some thoughts about an issue or current event that you would like me to try to respond to, I would be glad to give it a try…so, send them to me at: mbesh@comcast.net

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“It occurs to me that the “I/O” switch [Input/Output] that Steve Jobs has provided on my computer is representative of the message of the Bible. Jesus is the “I,” and i am the “O.” It is all about the “1” of the Bible, and “0” about me. The combination of “I” and “O,” however, is the basic switch that brings this amazing Apple computer I am using to life. Jesus lives. He is greater than anyone who ever was, or who ever will be. Jesus brings life to me.”

[“Myles”]

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FCA GOLF “GAME CHANGER” CAMP
There are moments in every game that determine the outcome. These plays are called “game changers.” Sometimes they are made by individuals or by a whole team pulling together to turn a game around in one play. These game changers always transform the entire momentum of the game. The Bible is full of game changing moments that resulted in outstanding victories for God. Every Christian has his or her own spiritual game changing moments, such as accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and committing to begin and maintain daily Scripture reading and prayer. It takes courage and confidence to make a play. Could this be the day that is a game changer in your life?

Game Changing Play: Relationship with Christ [Acts 2:36-38]
Accepting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is the ultimate game changing play in every person’s life. When Jesus becomes Lord, it determines not only the outcome of our life here on earth, but also our eternal life. What is your relationship with Christ? Is He just someone you have heard about, or is He someone you have placed your faith in as your Savior? The moment you make a commitment to Jesus Christ is the ultimate game changing play!

[Fellowship of Christian Athletes – 2011 Golf Camp]

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HAVE YOU UPGRADED TO JESUS 2.0?
If your version of Jesus is one of a Jewish peasant wearing a Middle Eastern robe and sandals, you might want to upgrade to Jesus 2.0. True, He lived, died and was buried as a Jewish man. The Son of God took on human flesh [Philippians 2:7-8]. That is historically true and foundational to our faith.
But that’s not the Jesus of today.

Aside from the fact that He was not a literal shepherd who carried sheep around, the Jesus of today is not a Jewish peasant anymore. He is the glorious King of Kings. Jesus past and Jesus present/future have different objectives. The first came to die for us, the second is coming to reign on earth.

The features of Jesus 1.0 in the flesh as revealed in the Gospels are amazing enough.
– Heals sick
– Raises dead
– Casts out demons
– Walks on water
– Resurrects from dead
– Amazing teaching

Jesus 2.0 is even more spectacular.
– Coming back on the clouds with His saints to reign on earth
– Word of God comes out His mouth like a double-edged sword
– Splits the Mt. of Olives in half
– Eyes of fire
– Feet of brass
– Voice sounds like a roaring sea
– Shines like the sun
– Holds 7 stars in his hand
– and much more!

The first Jesus makes you drop your jaw. The second Jesus makes you drop to your knees.

According To The Flesh No More
Growing up in church, I got stuck on the Jesus in the flesh, the One who lived among us in human form. My impression of Jesus was the peasant image. I saw Him as the mild-mannered Jewish vagrant who wandered throughout Israel doing nice things for people. That’s what Jesus did in the flesh. He died for us. He was buried. He rose again. He ascended.
However, the Bible tells us not to think only of Him in the flesh (human form) that way. There is more to Jesus.

Even though we have known Christ ACCORDING TO THE FLESH, yet now we know Him thus NO LONGER. [2 Corinthians 5:16].

The Bible tells us that we should no longer know Jesus based only on the life He lived in the flesh. There is more to Jesus.

Hang On, This Is A Game Changer
There are two Bible images of Jesus: the suffering servant depicted as a lamb and the conquering King depicted as a lion. In the Old Testament both are prophetic images of Jesus. I had forgotten the Conquering King (lion) part and camped out on the Suffering Servant (lamb) part. Today Jesus is the King of Kings, not a suffering servant. I needed to update my impression of Jesus. I was stuck on Jesus 1.0 but thankfully updated to Jesus 2.0…

[more]

…Of course, both versions of Jesus are the same Jesus (Hebrews 13:8). His character, personality, etc. are the same, but He has dual roles. The suffering servant/lamb Jesus who died for us and rose again is the foundation of our faith. That is the message of the Gospel.

I need a Savior, someone who can come and give His life for me. But I also need a Conquering King, someone of power who strengthens me now and will one day straighten out the mess on this planet. Jesus is both. If you only know the Jesus in sandals, you might want to upgrade.

http://rogerfields.com/devotional/jesus2point0/

[Roger Fields]

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YOU ALONE CAN RESCUE
Who, oh Lord, could save themselves,
Their own soul could heal?
Our shame was deeper than the sea
Your grace is deeper still

Who, oh Lord, could save themselves,
Their own soul could heal?
Our shame was deeper than the sea
Your grace is deeper still

You alone can rescue, You alone can save
You alone can lift us from the grave
You came down to find us, led us out of death
To You alone belongs the highest praise

You, oh Lord, have made a way
The great divide You heal
For when our hearts were far away
Your love went further still
Yes, your love goes further still

You alone can rescue, You alone can save
You alone can lift us from the grave
You came down to find us, led us out of death
To You alone belongs the highest praise
To You alone belongs the highest praise
To You alone belongs the highest praise

You alone

We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes
You’re the Giver of Life
We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes
You’re the Giver of Life
We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes
You’re the Giver of Life
We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes
You’re the Giver of Life
We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes
You’re the Giver of Life
We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes
You’re the Giver of Life
We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes
You’re the Giver of Life
We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes
You’re the Giver of Life

You alone can rescue, You alone can save
You alone can lift us from the grave
You came down to find us, led us out of death
To You alone belongs the highest praise
To You alone belongs the highest praise
To You alone belongs the highest praise

To You alone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UracNSSlfTo

[Matt Redman]

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DEEP THOUGHT:

“Apple’s iPhone 4S is a game changer…Siri-ously”
[Referring to the “personal assistant” technology Apple calls “Siri”].

[David Glance]

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Hope you enjoyed some of these insights—share them with your friends and colleagues—so we can have a larger ‘pool’ to receive from, and more to share with! Also, remember to include your name as the “source,” if some of this wisdom is of your doing—I would like to give credit where credit is due!

“Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said,

“‘The Lord said to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet.”’

“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” [Acts 2:29-36]

Mark

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