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On 17 March 1841, Dr. David Livingstone sighted Table Mountain as his ship edged into Table Bay to begin one of the most incredible careers of the best friend Africa ever had.
An Example of Excellence
Dr. David Livingstone is an example of excellence. His life, legacy and literature continue to speak to us today. The challenge of David Livingstone is most relevant to our times.
If Dr. David Livingstone was here today, what would he say to us?
We do not need to guess. We have his writings and published statements available. We can know exactly what David Livingstone would say to us today. It is what he said to the people of his generation:
"The Salvation of men ought to be the chief desire and aim of every Christian!"
"All men have the right to hear God's Word. No nation ought to hoard the Gospel like a miser!"
"Can the love of Christ not carry the missionary where the slave trade carries the trader?"
"If you have men who will come only if they know there is a good road, I don't want them. I want men who will come even if there is no road at all!"
"We must be uncommon Christians, i.e. imminently holy and devoted servants of the Most High. Let us seek that selfishness be extirpated, pride banished, unbelief driven from the mind. Every idol dethroned and everything hostile to holiness and opposed to the Divine will crucified; that holiness to the Lord may be engraved on the heart and evermore characterise our whole conduct."
"We have still a debt of gratitude to Jesus… and there is no greater privilege on earth, than after having our own chains broken off, to go forth and proclaim liberty to the captives, the opening of prison to them that are bound."