By Caleb Keith –
Last week Apple hosted one of their famous Keynote events. Loads of bloggers, developers, and apple employees flooded the event waiting to see what Apple had in store. Sitting in anticipation the crowd clapped and awed as Apple showed off their products one by one. It started with a round of new Apple watch colors; yellow-gold and rose-gold anodized, and then they paraded a new iPad powerful enough to give 70% of laptops a run for their money. The iPad was followed by a new Apple T.V. that will integrate all of your streaming services into one searchable interface. Then last, but certainly not least, Apple unveiled what everyone was waiting for, the iPhone 6s. Apple displayed the best new lineup they’ve had in years, and it had me thinking one thing: “Time for an Upgrade.”
Apple events are really good at two things: first, they make the watcher feel like when they own an Apple product they’ve invested in something bigger than a piece of glass and aluminum, and second, they show that even technology that is barely a year old just isn’t good enough. After watching the event I looked down at the Apple watch on my wrist, the iPhone in my pocket, and the MacBook on my desk and they all seemed to have flaws that weren’t present the week before. The truth is that the flaws I saw were there from day one, but they were just hidden in the excitement, or by the limits of technology. This is why six months to a year from now, the amazing new Apple products everybody is drooling over will look normal, flawed, or dated.
Like most observable things, Apple products are an example of how the law can work in our lives. Just like how the flaws of a perfectly good computer are revealed in the presence of its newer better brother, our flaws as sinners are revealed in the presence of God. Throughout the course of our daily life we often forget just how flawed we are, and as Christians, we sometimes act like our lives are the norm by which others should be judged. It’s like buying a new smartphone and then flaunting it around the office; thereby proving that everybody’s old phones are inferior to yours. The life we have in Christ is the “ultimate one time paid for in full” upgrade; winning victory over sin, death, and the devil, paying the penalty for all our flaws. We ought to remember that the reason we get this upgrade is because we are sinful, flawed, and just as bad as the next guy. When set before the standards of God, EVERYBODY falls short. As Christians, we are set apart not because we are less sinful, but rather because Christ claims us as His own. Thanks be to God that His promise of life is not dependent our continual upgrading, but rather on the person and work of Christ.