Abandoned. Chosen. Special. Those concepts became a part of who Jobs was and how he regarded himself. (Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson)
I know that sometimes it must seem like I obsess about Steve Jobs and Apple products, but there is something fascinating about their story. While Nichole was in surgery, I bought the Kindle edition of Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs. Only a few pages in, I hit this quote and I could not get away from it.
Because there is so much tied to the idea of being chosen – so much biblical imagery revolves around this idea. And here I recognized a theme that we often disregard. We forget that God chooses, and that he wants us to feel chosen.
What are the ties I observed?
Steve Jobs was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs in 1955. His biological parents, Joanne Schieble and Abdulfattah Jandali, were not married. Joanne’s Catholic family would have completely rejected her for marrying Jandali so she gave little Steve up. His adoptive parents never hid the reality of his adoption from him but at age six, a friend asked him, “So your parents didn’t want you?” He was heartbroken, but Paul and Clara reinforced to him that they had chosen him. They wanted him.
This was the reality of his adoption. He was wanted. He was chosen. He was special to his parents. Nothing before mattered. All that mattered was that his parents wanted him enough that they did not parent him out of a biological accident. They intentionally called him son.
Here’s what I extracted. Sometimes, we think God chose us because he had to, because no one else would take us. So sure, we might be God’s people but only out of obligation. If God had a choice, he would have chosen someone else.
Not only that, but we fall into the belief that we Gentile believers are God’s second choice. He chose Israel, but they turned on him, so he had to try again with us. Not only are we not wanted, but we’re the second choice.
Is it any surprise that Christians live in guilt and fear? We do not embrace the choice that God made. We misinterpret God’s justice as some kind of disdain.
We are God’s sons, joint heirs with Christ. (Romans 8:12-17) We are not taken reluctantly into His household, but joyously. (Luke 15)
This is because we are not chosen and then loved. We are chosen because we are loved.