Although Steve Jobs simply wanted to make a “ding in the universe,” he did more than make a “ding,” he began a revolution that changed the world. And he did so by doing things differently than how they were being done. When he was asked about the success of Apple, his reply was simple:
Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo. We believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by making our products beautifully designed, simple to use and user friendly. We just happen to make great computers.
I think the Church today could learn from Steve Jobs and Apple. After all, when the Jesus Movement began, a revolution started. And, the followers of Jesus were seen as revolutionaries: “These people have turned the world upside down.” (Acts 17:6).
When you read the Book of Acts, the characteristic of the early Church that stands out is that they lived their lives differently than how most people lived. And while they challenged the status quo in just about every area of life, the most dominant one is that they understood and practiced revolutionary generosity. I wonder if Steve Jobs would sum up the early Church something like this:
Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo. We believe in Jesus and living differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by living lives that are beautifully designed and simple. We just happen to live generous lives.
Like those early followers, I believe Jesus is calling us to live our lives differently; I believe His desire is that we challenge the status quo. You see, if we conform to the culture around us we can never impact it. I don’t know about you, but I want to be accused of turning the world upside down. I want to show those around me what life could be like if you choose to live in the way of Jesus.
I can think of no better way to go against the status quo than to live a life of revolutionary generosity. Generous with my money but also with my time, my skills, my passion, my talents…my whole life. When I choose to live a life defined by generosity not only will my life be changed but the lives of those around me will be changed. And maybe an ordinary average guy like me can not only make a “ding in the universe,” but more importantly I will make more than a “ding” in the Kingdom of God.
Just imagine the “ding” we could make if all of us who call First United Methodist Church Missouri City our Church live defined by generosity.