I realize that this assignment was to take a more “modern” approach to Matthew 5:14-16. However, light and salt have two very important things in common: they both enhance something (be it sight or taste), and they are both necessary to life. They are both life and part of what makes life pleasant. I felt that these two things were vital to any true metaphor for Christians. So, while I tried to pick metaphors that are unique and do not appear in the Bible, I also tried to pick metaphors that are both pleasurable and necessary – things which point to something or Someone still more pleasurable and more necessary.
You are the bees of the world. A bee’s buzzing cannot be muffled. One does not put a bee in a jar, but in the garden, where the bee can fly around and pollinate all of the plants. Buzz around and pollinate the garden, then, so that men may see your industry and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
You are the wind of the world. Wind cannot be bottled up. One does not capture the wind, but lets it change weather, blow away bad smells, carry pollen, and whistle in trees according to the Father’s will. Blow on, then, wind, so that men may hear your mighty voice and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
You are the clouds of the world. Clouds cannot be hidden. One does not catch a cloud and contain it, but allows it to water the earth with rain, or shield it from sun, or glow with the beauty of the sun. Float high, then, you clouds, so that men may see you and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
You are the water of the world. An ocean cannot hide. One does not set water on a shelf to look at it, but drinks it to hydrate their body. Hydrate well, then, so that men may quench their thirst and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
You are the fungus of the world. Fungus grows in all sorts of unlikely places, and it cannot be hidden. Your job is vital. Decompose the garbage of this world, then, so that men may see your diligence in doing your dirty job, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.