TIME To Change The World

Posted in discipleship by Nathan Creitz on August 3, 2006

I’m confused by some of Time’s picks for the top 100 most influential people in the world. I mean, I don’t listen to Daddy Yankee’s music so I couldn’t tell you if it was influential or not. It’s sad, but I actually hadn’t heard of Daddy Yankee before I saw his name on the TIME website. Others make a lot more sense. I mean JJ Abrams after all brought us “Alias” and “Lost” and the third (and the best) “Mission Impossible”.

Then there are people like Bono, Condoleezza, Ralph Lauren, and Elie Wiesel…people who influence and inspire and pioneer and reform. What does it take to be one of the top 100 people who shape the world? Is that something to aspire to? What are the common elements in each persons life?

Yesterday I was talking with a couple of friends about what Cuba might be like if Raul ends up taking over for his older brother Fidel. Some people say that he will change things for the better, others think that the power will corrupt him even worse than it did for Fidel. My thought was, what if Raul had studied at a place like Boston University and had found a community of faith like The Church at the Gate that cared about him and shared Jesus with him? What would things be like in Cuba now? What if Osama had come to the US to study?

Obviously, when Raul went to school, The Church at the Gate wasn’t around and he studied in Cuba anyway, but the reality is that the nations of the world are sending their best and most potentially influential students to the US for their education. We MUST invest in them. With 145 nations represented at Boston University, that MUST be our goal. Students are coming to the US from countries that we cannot send missionaries. Many muslim countries are closed to the gospel, but we have their future leaders in our country for 4-7 years. What will they be exposed to when the come to America? Hostility? Rejection? Selfishness? Greed? Corruption? Depravity? Debauchery? Or will they be welcomed by a young follower of Christ who shares their life with them and teaches them what it means to love God and love people? Will their lives be changed by what they find here in Boston to the point that they go back and influence their culture for Christ?

It’s amazing to think what the possibilities might be for a church that makes disciples of college students. It could be the hardest church to start. Most people in the church may think it to be a ridiculous idea. The church has largely neglected students because they hear things like students are least likely to come to know Jesus, they don’t have money, they won’t commit, they can’t be counted on, they are irresponsible, but while everyone else is thinking of college students as a weakness to their church I will be laying down my life for them because I know their strengths. They are mobile, networked, flexible, responsible, committed, energetic, influential, intelligent, and they are active in following Christ and sharing Christ with others. I get to invest in them for a few years and then see them go to the ends of the earth to share about what they’ve learned and to use what they’ve learned to be the best at what God calls them to do. They may not have money, but how much money does it take to build relationships.

I may never make the TIME top 100, and that will never be my goal in life, but I want to give my life making disciples of the nations by investing in college students. I have the opportunity and privilege to do that right here in Boston near the largest university in New England which has the eighth largest international student population in the U.S. What a great place to make a difference. It’s time to change the world and I want to be a part of the revolution.


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  1. Mathias said, on August 15, 2006 at 3.31 am

    What possibilities, Nathan!
    Thanks for posting these thoughts, at least it got me thinking… and I think you’re really on to something here…. and Jesus is right there with you!! So TIME 100 will never EVER get the ones who actually influenced the world the most, because these people often go unnoticed by media… But not by God!

  2. Sara said, on August 28, 2006 at 11.55 am

    Don’t forget Felicity, also by JJ Abrams.

  3. deanna said, on September 9, 2006 at 6.43 pm

    the sad part is that working with those students you are working with one of the hardest people to reach. Your hard work gets rewarded in so many other ways. For right now that has to be enough. Maybe someone you minister to will make the top 100 next time.

  4. Sam S. said, on September 25, 2006 at 8.04 am

    So – How many internationals do you have coming to your church? what are you doing to reach them?

  5. nathan said, on November 29, 2006 at 2.39 pm

    We only have 4 internationals right now. We are doing English conversation classes on campus at BU and have built relationships with about 10 or 12 international students in that way. We are also going to start an international friendship program to reach out to new international students.

  6. Lovely said, on March 8, 2007 at 2.28 am

    Wow, i have been looking for this kind of thing. Thanks for it and waiting for more from you .

    Best Regards,
    Eliena Andrews

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