If you’ll allow me, I’d like to take three diversely sourced absolute statements and make out of them a case for the gospel here and now. To begin, I’ll state all three with their sources, then develop each further.
1. There is no greater group of people who can change the world than today’s college students. A fact proven by history and unlikely to change.
2. There is no greater mission than to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. AKA the Great Commission, Matt 28:19, a burden each Christian bears toward his fellow men.
3. There is no sacrifice too great to make for Him. An attitude held by Christ’s lovers throughout the centuries, and which I hope to attain.
There is no greater group of world-changers than college students.
“What starts here changes the world” -The University of Texas at Austin
College students today number about 2% of the world’s population, yet they exert an influence over the whole world. History is loaded with events in which college students changed the world. The protest at Tiananmen Square was begun by college students, as was Mubarak’s overthrowing during the Arab Spring last year.
But college students don’t only affect world politics. What’s striking to me is the number of Christian evangelists/world-changers that began when they were college students.
In Christian Students on Campus we recently heard the stories of Samuel Mills and the Haystack Five, CT Studd and the Cambridge Seven, and William Borden, who all gave their lives to preach the gospel in unreached foreign lands while they were in college.
You can read short biographies about them at this article entitled Five Students who Changed the World, which includes a piece on Count Zinzendorf. Yes, he was a college student, too.
If you’re going to be too much, why not be too much for Jesus? – Chris Hall, 2012 Fall Feast
(There is no greater cause than the gospel of Jesus Christ)
I look on all the world as my parish; thus far I mean, that, in whatever part of it I am, I judge it meet, right, and my bounden duty, to declare unto all that are willing to hear, the glad tidings of salvation.
-John Wesley, 11 June 1739
Ours is the greatest commission with the greatest labor field. Today, it’s worth pointing out that we have the greatest facility to reach the world, social media. Check out Kyle Barton’s insightful post on lifeandbuilding.com: Social Media and the Gospel. As he says of John Wesley’s parish, through Twitter and Facebook, we’re closer than ever to that parish now.
But seriously, who has a greater reason for living, a more urgent mission, than the eternal one required of a Christian by Christ? According to Romans 1 we are debtors made unashamedly ready to speak the good news of Jesus Christ to all.
I really appreciated this missional video Kyle recently showed me about the unreached tribes in the Himalayas:
There is no sacrifice too great to make for Him.
CT Studd served Christ 21 years in China and India, suffering poor health. At 53 he went on from there to Africa, where he eventually died. A note revealing his give-all attitude toward God was found written on his desk:
“If Jesus Christ be God, and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.”
I cannot speak much on this, but I believe sacrificial love cannot be removed from the story of the gospel, as the Lord Himself said in Matthew 26, when “a woman came to Him, having an alabaster flask of ointment of great value…”
Why this “waste”?
What we pour out on the Lord will never exceed his value. At no time will we what we have sacrificed ever match what He is worth or what He deserves, having saved us.
Wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what this woman has done shall also be told as a memorial of her.
At any time, by all means, to everyone, go speak!
“How beautiful are the feet of those who announce the news of good things!” -Romans 10:15