After having used an iPad over the past 6 months, there are some things about it that made me think about my own Christian life.
1. It’s niche
The iPad practically created its own category of computing. It was not a notebook/laptop. Neither was is a netbook. The use-case scenarios for the iPad are very different from those of netbooks / laptops / mobile phones.
Christians belong to a niche category too.
1Pet 2:9 But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: 10 Which in time past [were] not a people, but [are] now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
When someone gets saved, they are brought into a new family, a ‘peculiar’ (special, strange), a new class of people who are called to serve God and show forth His praise that stem from the mercy that has been shown to them.
In this day and age, only Christians have this privilege.
Part of being in a niche market is differentiation, to be different and unique from everyone and everything else. Are we as Christians different than those around us? Do we live by different standards that are set in Word of God and not the words and lusts of men?
2. It sets the benchmark
The iPad is not the only tablet-form computer on the market. Samsung, HP, Dell have all come out with their interpretations of what the tablet computer should be like. However, all of them, are always compared to – the iPad. Each are always evaluated as “could this be the iPad killer?”. The iPad has set the benchmark for tablet based computing.
Christians are the people who not only have the duty, but the ability (coz God’s Spirit lives in us) to live exemplary lives in society.
Phil 2:14-15 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world
Matt 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Christians should live to the highest standards of morals and ethics, ‘shunning even the garment spotted by the flesh’.
What’s difference between a Christian and a moralist? The moralist exalts good values and works as the highest end, but in truth it becomes a frustrating effort because of sin in us.
The Christian, however, has as his chief end give glory to the Lord Jesus and to be blameless when He comes again, and also has the ability to live to the highest standards because sin has been dealt with and the Holy Spirit indwells him.
3. It’s rare
In Malaysia where the iPad is not being sold yet, it remains a rarity. This rarity makes people notice when you are using it (kind of embarrassing at times). Some don’t even know what to make of it. Of course, this may not stay true for long, once Apple starts selling it here.
Ps 12:1 Help, LORD; for the godly man ceases; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.
The faithful Christian, is a rarity these days. This can be seen in positive and negative light.
On one hand, the rare, faithful Christian stands out like the gleaming of a gem among the dull, grey rocks. And that’s what our lives should be like. Not ‘blending’ into the rest of the world, but being different.
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed…
On the other hand, like all things rare, we want more of it. We need more godly, faithful Christians in society.
You may argue that if there are so many faithful Christians, we lose our rarity. Don’t worry, I believe the bible teaches that in this age (or dispensation for you theologically minded), Christians will remain a minority in society. So we could use all the faithful Christians we could get. When Jesus comes to reign on earth for 1000 years, only then will the saved form the majority and sinners the minority.
4. It starts conversations
I’ve had a number of devices before, but none of them actually started conversations like the iPad does. “Hey, is that an iPad?”, “How do you find using the iPad?”, “Where and how much was the iPad?” are examples of how conversations have started.
If only there were enough Christians living lives that made a difference in this world, that when people see the peace and joy in our lives, especially in suffering and difficulty, they would be convicted in their hearts and ask like the Philippian jailer, “what must I do to be saved?” or rouse interest in Jesus like the Greek Jews who came to Philip and said “Sir, we would like to see Jesus”.
Can your Christian lives be the iPad killer?
Disclaimer: This post does not intend to imply that buying Apple products make you a better Christian. You can get similar inspirations from different contexts of life.