Day Nine: God’s Light Shines in Your Life

You are the light of the world. You are a reflection of God’s wisdom. Now is the time to let your light shine to bless the world.

Jesus once told his followers, “You are the light of the world….Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to God.” (Matthew 5:14, 16) You are the light of the world. Can you believe this?

According to John’s gospel, “the true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.” (John 1:9) You are enlightened. God’s light shines in and through you to bring healing to the world. Can you claim this promise? Can you live this affirmation in your daily life? This is God’s vision and intent for your life – to be light and to share light.

Today, as you begin the day, take a moment to look in the mirror and say, “I am the light of the world.” This is not a matter of pride or ego, but accepting God’s vision for your life. Then, as you journey throughout the day, notice the light in others, saying under your breath, “You are the light of the world.” Let your actions support their discovery of God’s light in their lives.

You are the light of the world: now that’s an affirmation we all need. We shine, illuminate, guide, and heal. Take time to live with the following affirmations:

I am the light of the world.
God’s light shines through me in every situation.
I bring light to (a particular person or situation).

When you encounter another person, regardless of their demeanor or life-situation, affirm God’s presence in their life with the words, “You are the light of the world.” Make a commitment to be an instrument of God’s light in every situation and encounter. Awaken God’s light in yourself and others, and let it shine!

About Bruce Epperly

Bruce Epperly is a theologian, spiritual guide, and Pastor of South Congregational United Church of Christ, Centerville (Cape Cod), Massachusetts. He is the author of twenty five books, including Process Theology: A Guide to the Perplexed, Philippians: An Interactive Bible Study,The Center is Everywhere: Celtic Spirituality for the Postmodern Age, and Emerging Process: Adventurous Theology for a Missional Church. He also writes regularly for the Process and Faith lectionary. He has served as chaplain, professor, and administrator at Georgetown University, Lancaster Theological Seminary, Wesley School of Theology, and Claremont School of Theology. He may be reached at drbruceepperly@aol.com for lectures, workshops, and retreats. His latest book is Healing Marks: Healing and Spirituality in Mark’s Gospel (Energion).


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