Today, more than 140 years after David Livingstone’s death, his writings continue to inspire Christian missionaries all over the world. Here are some inspiring quotes from the writings of the beloved doctor.
There is one safe and happy place, and that is in the will of God.
God had an only Son and He made Him a missionary.
I place no value on anything I have or may possess, except in relation to the kingdom of God. If anything will advance the interests of the kingdom, it shall be given away or kept, only as by giving or keeping it I shall most promote the glory of Him to whom I owe all my hopes in time or eternity.
If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honour, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?
For my own part, I have never ceased to rejoice that God has appointed me to such an office. People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. Is that a sacrifice which brings its own blest reward in healthful activity, the consciousness of doing good, peace of mind, and a bright hope of a glorious destiny hereafter? Away with the word sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege. Anxiety, sickness, suffering, or danger, now and then, with a foregoing of the common conveniences and charities of this life, may make us pause, and cause the spirit to waver, and the soul to sink; but let this only be for a moment. All these are nothing when compared with the glory which shall be revealed in and for us. I never made a sacrifice.
I would rather be in the heart of Africa in the will of God, than on the throne of England, out of the will of God
Without Christ, not one step; with Him, anywhere!”
God, send me anywhere, only go with me. Lay any burden on me, only sustain me. And sever any tie in my heart except the tie that binds my heart to Yours
All that I am I owe to Jesus Christ, revealed to me in His divine Book.
If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.
Born in Blantyre, Scotland, on the 19th of March 1813, David Livingstone was a pioneer missionary who conducted missions into the heart of Africa between 1841 and his death in Zambia on the 1st of May 1873. His mission was to reach new people in the interior of Africa and introduce them to Christianity.