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!

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About Bruce Epperly

Rev. Bruce Epperly, Ph.D., serves as Pastor at South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Centerville, MA. Prior to coming to Cape Cod in 2013, he served on the faculties and often in administrative and chaplaincy roles at Georgetown University, Claremont School of Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Lancaster Theological Seminary. Bruce is currently a professor in spirituality, ministry, and theology in the doctoral program at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. He has served as pastor or interim pastor of congregations in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. He is the author or co-author of over 35 books in the areas of theology, spirituality, ministerial excellence and spiritual formation, scripture, and healing and wholeness, including Process Theology: Embracing Adventure with God; Finding God in Suffering: A Journey with Job; From Here to Eternity: Preparing for the Next Adventure; and A Center in the Cyclone: Clergy Self-care in the 21st Century.