Here’s the last post in the “Three Reasons I’m…” series. This one, of course, is not a spiritual conviction or tradition. It is though, an important part of my life. As I decided to move into ministry after graduating college, I had to make a decision about what would be the best first step. Though I had parts of me that wanted to go into the pastorate, I knew I wasn’t ready for seminary. I was passionate about reaching college students, because that is what I had been doing in Nebraska for the previous two years. This is not a long-term gig, but I have enjoyed and will enjoy the next year as I’ll be serving with Crusade in South Africa in 2009, before moving on to seminary in Summer ’10. I really love my job. Here’s three reasons why.
- God used many men in Campus Crusade to help me grow spiritually with Christ and I am forever indebted to them for their investment in my life. If it were not for a handful of key men in my life as a sophomore and junior, my life most certainly would have been in shambles. God used these men to challenge me, listen to my problems, keep me accountable, and draw me closer to himself. The main reason I wanted to become a staff intern at UNL is that I wanted to be that for other young men. Truly, the 2 Timothy 2:2 principle has come to fruition in my life: “What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
- Campus Crusade is a missions organization that is devoted to winning people to Christ, discipling them, and then sending them to the mission field. So many Christian groups (most often those on campuses) can tend to be a huge clique of Christians in a spiritual bubble. Groups like these can tend to develop super-Christians without an outreach focus. The goal of Campus Crusade is to share the gospel first and foremost — not only with students, but those all over the world (Crusade is the largest Evangelical organization in the world with over 29,000 staff members in 191 countries). Not only does Crusade spread the fame of Christ, but they are dedicated to raising people up to be mature believers with the hope of those people going to where God has called them, be it the marketplace or the mission field. I’m passionate about developing Christians from spiritual birth to the end of their life and that is what Campus Crusade is all about.
- Campus Crusade does not just shove the gospel down people’s throats and run; they are thoroughly committed to reaching the whole person, serving their spirit, mind, and body. Many churches or organizations (more liberal Christian denominations) tend more toward a “social gospel” mission, meaning that their missions’ focus is building houses, providing food and clothes, and providing job-skill training. That is important. But salvation doesn’t come through being provided for physically. “Faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17). The most important need people have is to know the Savior and treasure him, but a “hit-and-run” evangelism technique is not helpful. Campus Crusade is dedicated to getting into the mess of people’s lives and engaging with them so that they might come to a deep understanding of who Jesus is. At the same time, we do not neglect the fact that people need physical healing and restoration as well. You cannot have a full gospel without the free offer of Christ’s atoning work as well as the “social gospel” of providing for people’s necessities. Campus Crusade, at this point in time more than ever, is focusing on reaching the world’s need for Jesus and their need to have basic physical needs.
Read the other posts in this series: