Father (reading Steve Jobs’ biography)

Paul Jobs suspended his sideline of repairing old cars so that the Apple team could have the whole garage. He put in a long old workbench, hung a schematic of the computer on the new plasterboard wall he built, and set up rows of labeled drawers for components. (Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson)

In 1976, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak got their first order for 50 Apple computers. Technically, it was an order just for their logic boards. The duo virtually took over Steve Jobs’ parents house in Palo Alto to assemble the order, working with parts they had gotten on credit from a doubtful supplier. The rest, of course, is history.

But think about this. Paul Jobs, a high school drop out who tinkered with mechanical things for a living, set aside his own side business and allowed his son to take over his house to assemble these things. What’s more, he built a wall and hung a schematic. Paul Jobs completely backed his eccentric, barefoot hippy son in this insignificant business endeavor that quite literally was the beginning of a revolution.

Because Paul did that, Apple delivered the boards. Upon delivery they were paid enough to construct another thousand boards. Apple was born because Paul Jobs believed in his son – even if he could not even grasp what the kid was building. (Steve was 21 at the time.)

Now, let me ask a question.

Do we believe in what Jesus is building? Do we believe the crazy thing he wants to make happen in our homes? Do we believe enough – not in a creed but HIM – to sideline our own success and be wholesale in our investment in him? It might sound like a weir parallel, but it is an honest question. It is a question I think we need to be willing to ask.

Religion is all about God supporting our agenda. Faith is about us supporting God’s.


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