I recently joined approximately 1.8 million people to watch the annual iPhone unveiling event hosted by Apple on YouTube. Like many others, I tuned in to get a first look at the “new” iPhone and other Apple product updates. The event began with an upbeat video showcasing all the familiar things about the vast array of Apple products.
At the conclusion of the video Apple CEO Tim Cook stepped on to the stage. His first words were, “We’ve always believed that by giving people wonderful tools, you enable them to do wonderful things.” That statement caught my attention and derailed my thoughts completely.
Tools. People. Things. What’s the connection? Do wonderful tools help people accomplish wonderful things or do people do wonderful things regardless of the tools? What about those people who have the tools but don’t do wonderful things? Is it the tools that make the difference or the people who make the difference?
Then my thought shifted. It’s how the tools are used that enables people to do wonderful things! I believe God created us to do wonderful things and I believe He has equipped us with all the “tools” we need to accomplish those wonderful things.
In 2 Peter 1:3 (ESV), Paul writes, “His (God’s) divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence.”
Did you catch that? God’s divine power has been given to us. We can accomplish wonderful things. But those wonderful things are only accomplished “through the knowledge of God.” It’s not the wonderful tools in the hands of a person that enables them to do wonderful things. It’s how the person views life and chooses to use the tools that make all the difference.
I love my iPhone and all the Apple products I use. They are wonderful tools and help me do wonderful things every day. But nothing makes a bigger impact than knowing God and properly using all that He has given me.
Shane Williams is the Pastor of Ministries at TrueNorth Church in North Augusta. For more information, visit truenorthchurch.com