Updated: Sep 6, 2020
Before the infamous Steve Jobs left his earthly body, he was asked a difficult question that most of us never have to answer. Simply put, he was asked whether everything he’d accomplished during his lifetime had been worth all the time and effort dedicated to get to the top. Job’s reply, no doubt, may come as no surprise to those who knew him personally, when he said, “...In the end, wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to. At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death...”
Sadly, far too many of those who may have been envied for their accomplishments and success in their lifetime, all receive the same reward when they reach the end of their race; the undeniable fact that wealth and success ultimately lead to a dead end.
If you have found yourself in a place where regular feelings of hopelessness and sadness seem to be the center of your life, it may be time to meditate on the things you have placed in the highest priority and given the most of your time and effort to, like your high paying job, your demanding spouse, or your constant effort to make your children happy. Maybe it is a possession you have worked hard for, which is finally becoming reachable.
When you consider what you have made priorities as the root of unhappiness, it may be time to come to terms with one reality; without a personal relationship with Jesus, those feelings of emptiness never leave. You see, God created man with a void in our heart which can only be filled by knowing Him. Look at Hosea 13:4,
“But I am the Lord your God
from the land of Egypt;
you know no God but me,
and besides me there is no savior.”
What Steve Jobs failed to understand at the end of his life was something that can only be accessible to those who willingly open their hearts and make room for the Lord. When your highest priorities are no longer what you can accomplish, how much money you can make, or who you can impress the most, but instead make your lifetime goal one that pursues a deeper relationship with Jesus, you will soon find a filler for that void you have been striving so long to fill. The difference will be this, when you reach the end of your earthly race, you will not be forced to look back at worthless efforts or loneliness, instead you will look ahead to your reward that lies on the other side of the finish line, your heavenly home and eternal companionship with the Lord and only Savior, Jesus Christ.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.