Thursday, October 06, 2011

Lydia The Purple Seller And Wishful Thinking About Steve Jobs

"A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and THE LORD OPENED HER HEART to respond to the things spoken by Paul." - Acts 16:14

Just as the Lord opened the heart of Lydia as she pondered the Word of the Lord regarding Jesus Christ, so He opened my heart in 1976 as I pondered the same Old Old Story, late at night in a real estate office.

Indeed we can conclude from many Scriptures that none are saved unless the Lord opens their heart through the preaching [speech, tract, book, etc.] of the good news that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ -- indeed God came to Earth as a man, in the flesh -- and that this Jesus died on a cross for our sins, and was buried and rose again from the dead.

And that whoever believes in Him has eternal life, is saved from the eternal punishment due those who reject their Creator, as a free gift, by grace through faith.

It is highly unlikely that Steve Jobs has not heard and considered this good news, this gospel.

And no one knows if perhaps at some last moment of consciousness, God opened his heart -- like He did mine -- like He did Lydia's.

I'm not talking "likelihood" here.

I'm not talking about Las Vegas odds.

I'm talking about the Sovereignty of the Almighty God, who does whatever HE pleases (Ps. 115:3).

Only legalists would be miffed at God if He did that.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast." - Ephesians 2:8,9


Sue Laubscher said...

This is a good post and in the spirit of the god I know and worship...Jeus Christ the Saviour of the world.

Terry Rayburn said...

Thanks, Sue.

I wouldn't read too much into it, but I just found out on October 31, 2011 that Steve Jobs on his deathbed stared over the shoulders of his family and said his last words, "Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow."