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Frustrated Faith

Steven Furtick on why you can drop the guilt and move on to something greater.

I wonder if I’ll always remember that my two sons and I had just shared kung pao shrimp at P.F. Chang’s when I stopped in my tracks on the way out the door. I had to make sure I had correctly read the words that were scrolling across every television within sight: Apple founder Steve Jobs—dead at 56.

I can’t explain why, but my hands were shaky and sweaty as I pulled my iPhone out of my pocket to verify.

One of the first things I saw was a statement from President Obama. He said that Steve Jobs “was among the greatest of American innovators.” That “he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.”

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My next thoughts made my stomach hurt. Or was it the kung pao? Either way, I got downright introspective. I was wrestling with a tension:

Steve Jobs was a great man. He changed the world through technology.

I’m a pastor. I have a mission to change the world through the Gospel. But am I really achieving that mission? I’m doing well by some standards, I guess. I love Jesus. I have integrity. I love my family. But still … I’m not redefining an industry. I’m not accomplishing one of the greatest feats in human history. So what am I really doing? That matters? That will matter? That will set my life apart?

In short, I was processing the nauseating feeling that, when I stack it all up, I don’t feel like I’m anything close to being the great man of God I want to be. Some days, actually, I feel like I sort of suck as a Christian.

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For some reason I felt compelled to pull up a certain Bible verse.

It’s one of the most staggering statements Jesus ever made.

“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12).

I’d read that verse so many times. But I had a new context for it. And it sliced me with the edge of fresh challenge.

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