Devotion: How Bright Are You?

By Tim Ewing —  April 10, 2013 — Leave a comment

Light of the World

Inspired by “Of The Light” by CoastalRise

Click here to listen to “Of the Light” by CoastalRise

Mandy was very excited about the science field trip to the planetarium. She has known about it for six weeks and had been counting the days on her calendar. Mandy loves science, but she especially enjoys learning about astronomy, the study of the planets, stars and galaxies. Mandy and her mom got off the bus and began the tour of the planetarium. They went into a room that had an exhibit of the moon and stars. The room was completely dark except for a button in the center of the room. Mandy went over to the button and pushed it. As soon as Mandy pushed the button the entire room lit up. But it wasn’t regular lights that you might find in a room; it was all the lights of the heavens. There were stars and planets. The ceiling was even round so it made you feel like you were out in space seeing all of the stars. It was fantastic. The planetarium guide came and began to explain how that the heavens light up. She explained that all of the stars, planets and moons actually don’t have any light of their own. They reflect the light of the sun. The sun is so bright that what we see is the light bouncing off of the other objects in space. That is how our moon lights up. It is really just a reflection of the sun. Mandy was amazed at how powerful the sun was and how so many objects can reflect its light and be so beautiful.

Mandy continued her tour of the planetarium. She went on to another room that had an exhibit of the sun. It told all about the sun; how powerful it is; and how it lights up the entire universe. Mandy learned about the light that the sun provides for our planet and how life on Earth is so dependent on the sun. “Mom, I never knew the sun was so important to life here on Earth,” Mandy shared. “It is very important, without it we wouldn’t be able to live.” “Yeah, and we couldn’t have fun at the beach either during the summer, because without the sun it would just be dark, cold and miserable,” Mandy said. Mandy and her mom continued their tour through the planetarium and had a great time together. They also help us to learn some very important truths from the Bible.

Imagine our world without the sun to give us light, warmth and energy. It is hard to imagine because life wouldn’t be able to exist here. In the same way that the sun is so important to life here, Jesus, the light of the world, is so important to our lives. Jesus told His disciples (and us) to let our light shine before men, so they can see our good works and give glory to God. We are told in the Bible that Jesus is the light of the world. But Jesus is now in heaven with the Father. So He wants us to shine His lights here in this dark world until He returns.

Just like the stars and planets in the sky, we too need to reflect the light of Jesus in this world. But how do we do this? First we need to ask Him to come into our lives. Then, we need to spend time with Him every day. This can be through daily Bible reading, through prayer, journaling, singing, etc. Whatever way you decide to spend with God, set out each day to spend at least five minutes alone with God. When we do this we begin to walk in His light; the light of His Word and His truth. We no longer walk in darkness. Our lives become different from this world and people start to notice a difference as the light shines brighter and brighter through us. Does it mean that we will never make mistakes? No, of course not; but we will realize that Jesus is the light of the world, we will want to live our lives fully in the light and repent when we do things that are against God!

The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:5-6, “You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.” As Children of the light, let’s live our lives as a reflection of Jesus! Then we will become more and more like Him and people will begin to see Him in our lives. Remember that we are a reflection of Jesus. Will others see Jesus when they look at you?  Preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words.


Tim Ewing is the founder of Kindred Concert Ministries. You can learn more about Kindred by going to or by emailing him at

CoastalRise is a six piece contemporary Christian group based out of Phoenixville, PA. “Of The Light” is from their sophomore release “Call of the Sea” which can purchased on iTunes, CD Baby, or from their website. For more information on CoastalRise visit their website at:

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