David Livingstone was a Scottish missionary & explorer who spent 33 yrs in the heart of Africa. He endured much suffering as he labored to spread the Gospel & open the continent to missionaries. This godly missionary once remarked:
“People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. Can that be called a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of a great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay?
It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege. Anxiety, sickness, suffering, or danger now & then with a foregoing of the common conveniences & charities of this life, may make us pause & cause the spirit to waver & the soul to sink, but let this only be for a moment.
All these are nothing when compared with the glory which shall hereafter be revealed in & for us. I never made a sacrifice. Of this we ought not to talk, when we remember the great sacrifice which HE made who left His Father’s throne on high to give Himself for us.”
From: ‘The Life and Labors of David Livingstone’ - J. E. Chambliss. (ministry127.com)
“God has been kind to you. So I ask you, brothers, give your bodies to him like a living sacrifice. That is, a holy sacrifice. It will please God. And it is what you should do for him.” (Rom 12:1 WE)