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Motive - Love for Christ

Jan. 25, 2012By: Ben StaffordAuthor Bio

Last week I gave an introduction to the next several posts in this series on the motives for Evangelism in the book of Acts.

The first motive we will examine: A profound sense of the love of Christ in one's life.

Note the below passages:
But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”
(Acts 4:19-20 ESV)
The reality and fact of the deity, death, resurrection, and saving power of Jesus was not a question at all to Peter and John. They were so utterly convinced that nothing at all could sway them from the implications. 
     
For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15 ESV)
Something controls you, and me. What is it?  It could be jealousy or guilt.  It could be pride in  our reputation.  On the other hand, it could be the love of Christ.  Paul had no question at all as to whether he was controlled by the love of Christ.  
They could not help themselves; they were so overwhelmed with what happened to them that they must speak.  How is it for us today?  What motivates us? Numbers? Guilt? Selfish gain?  Or are we wholly taken by the love of Christ.
C.T. Studd put it succinctly:  “If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, there is no sacrifice great enough for me to do for Him”.

Ben Stafford is the Director of Short-Term Ministries, overseeing the logistics and vision of all the short-term trips as well as representing TLI to students, teachers, and other organizations. Before joining TLI, Ben was the Director of Programs at the Foundation for Economic Education where he oversaw the educational events geared towards high school and college students. His work primarily involved strategic planning, managing, and measuring the department’s resources and results, bringing the programs department to a new level. Previously, he worked as a research intern for two summers at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He still teaches students of all ages about business and economics on the side.

Ben graduated in 2008 from Hillsdale College with a degree with Economics. He enjoys real food, barefoot runs, playing classical guitar, climbing mountains, and international travel. More than all these, he echoes the sentiment of Jonathan Edwards in that God’s purpose for his life is that he have a passion for God’s glory and that he has a passion for his joy in that glory, and that these two are one passion.

He currently resides in Atlanta, GA where he is actively involved with the saints at Perimeter Church.

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