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Do all through and for Christ

Cover of Tileston’s Joy and Strength for the Pilgrim’s Day

Today's Devotional

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him—Colossians 3:17 (ESV).

Let this be your whole endeavor, this your prayer, this your desire—that you may be stripped of all selfishness, and with entire simplicity follow Jesus only.—Thomas a Kempis.

Do what is pleasing to Jesus Christ, and neglect nothing which pleases him.—Lorenzo Scupoli.

To “do all things in the name of Jesus” is the lesson of a life; do not be angry with yourselves, nor despair of ever learning it, because you are slow to learn the first few syllables. When you have learned to do all things to Jesus, it will shed pleasure over all dull things, softness over all hard things, peace over all trial and woe and suspense. Then will life be glad, when you live to Jesus; and how sweet death, to die in Jesus; with him, and to him, and in him, to live for evermore. —E. B. Pusey.

About the author and the source

Thomas à Kempis (c. 1380–1481) was a monk with the Brothers of the Common Life, famed for his work The Imitation of Christ. Lorenzo Scupoli (c. 1530-1610) was a Roman Catholic, the author of the best-seller The Spiritual Combat. Edward Bouverie Pusey (1800–1882) was a leader in the Oxford Movement. Mary Wilder Tileston (19th century) included all these selections in her devotional collection.

“December 30” in Joy and Strength for the Pilgrim’s Day, edited by Mary Wilder Tileston. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1901.

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