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Missions 101

The Fuel That Will Power You to the End

Feb. 22, 2012By: Ben StaffordAuthor Bio

We are continuing the series on the motives and driving force of evangelism in the book of Acts. 

I would like to call the fourth motive: a strong sense that it is the right thing to do.

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)

You may ask, “how is this different from the previous post, on obeying the great commission out of a sense of duty and obedience?”  It is different in that one can still be dutiful or obedient while not being convinced of something’s rightness.  One child may clean his room because he has learned to be obedient to his mother. Another child may clean his room because he has learned to be obedient and he knows having a clean room is right and good. 

So it was with the apostles. They didn’t simply obey the Commission out of duty or out of love for others. After all, love for others will only get one so far and for so long.  Knowing that what you are doing is intrinsically right and good is the fuel that will power you to the end.  It is isn’t the only fuel, since there are three more motives, so perhaps we should call it one of the additives.

In your own life and work, are you committed to ministry and to missions simply out of duty or because you truly know that it is right?

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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