Daily Topic for January 01, 2010

Proverbs 16:20
Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.

Though the word “prosper” doesn’t always refer to material goods, that is one aspect of prosperity. Jesus told us that we should seek first His Kingdom and righteousness, and He will provide all that we need. Notice how Livingstone managed to rise above materialism, despite the poverty in which he grew up. Note how he understood that material goods had little value compared with the things of God. Livingstone definitely heeded the Lord’s instructions regarding wealth!

Pray that each of us will put wealth in it’s proper place so that we too can rise above the materialism of our cultures and commit first to the things of God.

Missionary Biography, David Livingstone - part 1

by AL

“I will place no value on anything I have or may possess except in relation to the Kingdom of God. If anything I have will advance that Kingdom, it shall be given away or kept only as by giving or keeping it I may advance the Kingdom of Him I love.” This principle David Livingstone followed all his life.

Livingstone was born to committed Christian parents in Scotland in 1813. During his youth, the family at first attended the Anglican Church, then changed to an independent chapel. Because of their poverty, David had to help support the family by working in a factory rather than getting the education he so desired. But with his first earnings he bought “Rudiments of Latin,” which he studied at night. In fact he devoured all the books he could get his hands on. His brilliant mind and insatiable thirst for knowledge often led him into the countryside in search of botanical, geological and zoological specimens.

When David was 20, he experienced the great spiritual change, which determined his future. After reading Dick’s Philosophy of a Future State he wrote, “.... It is my desire to show my attachment to the cause of Him who died for me by devoting my life to His service.” He wanted to prepare for missionary service immediately. But his family needed help, so he delayed his education until he was 23 years old.

(Continued tomorrow)

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Pray for God to give perseverance to today’s potential missionaries.-AL

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