We have iPhone 5’s! Why they stink…
So let me make a few quick disclaimers. First, I’m a nerd. I’ve had every iPhone since the original, lots of windows phones, androids and blackberry’s too. Second, my mom spoils me. So as an early birthday gift she financed a new iPhone 5 for me and the proceeds from our former phones via Craigslist financed Alyssa’s. Lastly, I like the iPhone but if another one came out that I didn’t like or a competitor offered an ecosystem that enthused me more, I would switch to it.
Here’s my frustration with the iPhone. When I first got an iPhone there were lots of glaring shortcomings that I wanted resolved (copy & paste, exchange, installable applications, just to name a few) but as time has gone on the needs have dwindled to a smaller list of improvements. I almost feel bad when the new iPhone launches because unless it doubles as a hovercraft it’s probably going to disappoint me in some way.
It’s not like I need a phone/hovercraft (or do I?) but what I’m looking for is something greater than what a phone, or any other device, can provide. I think all of us yearn for something greater, greater than who we are and greater than what we have. We get something like the iPhone and for a moment we might be able to convince ourselves that we’ve found it, but almost immediately we realize we haven’t. I remember plenty of Christmas mornings that were filled with hope and wonder and plenty of mornings the summer following when I could care less about the prized possessions I received just months earlier.
Maybe you don’t feel this way and I’m just showing off how materialistic I can be but I don’t think so. I think a lot of us look for functional saviors in plenty of things that will eventually fill up our drawers of old junk, garage sale piles or garbages. My heart constantly wants to make an iPhone, or a computer or a new this or that into the Jesus of my life but the heart check is that when it doesn’t satisfy who do I turn to? The correct answer is Jesus but many of us will just look for the next thing to pursue and lust after it until it disappoints us too. Some people will pick things (like Lamborghini or a Mansion) that stay out of their reach and so they can convince themselves that if they got THAT stuff then they would be satisfied but a guy who had a lot more than that wants us to understand how all that this world has to offer really is emptiness to our soul.
So I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me. And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I kept my heart from no pleasure, for my heart found pleasure in all my toil, and this was my reward for all my toil. Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.
(Ecclesiastes 2:9-11 ESV)
So whatever is on your list besides God to achieve peace and satisfaction you will fall short of what Solomon attained and he will tell you how it ends…vanity. Have you ever tried chasing wind? It doesn’t ever stop, you never catch and our constant consumerism and idol worship will continue to leave us empty too.
Our value and worth comes from who created us and how He has reconciled us to Himself by the perfect work Jesus has accomplished. The iPhone isn’t Jesus and we shouldn’t try to make it, or anything else, a functional savior. We should fix our eyes on Jesus, confess our shortcomings, repent from our way of life and turn to Him and His plans for us.