After reading Matthew 5:13-16, I created my own metaphors for Christians. Throughout the passage, I observed three characteristics of a follower of Christ: (1) We are the bit that makes the difference; (2) To make that difference we have to be different–stand out from from the crowd; (3) The reason to stand out is to show case our Father to the world. In total, I crafted seven metaphors. So, without further ado, enjoy!
You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. -Matthew 5:13-16 (ESV)
You are the telescopes of the world. A telescope’s lenses shouldn’t be cracked or cloudy, but crystal clear. Neither should it tarry idly, shrouded by a moldy blanket. Instead, it should be placed in front of a window or on the terrace. Firmly standing on its legs, it points upward. If it drooped to the ground, its purpose would be undermined. Therefore, telescopes turn your faces to the sky and magnify your Father above who is in heaven.
You are the ginger tea of the world. Ginger tea that has lost its spice forsakes the patient. For ginger to fulfill its purpose, it must burn all the way down the throat. Only scorching tea can cure a swollen throat. Likewise, someone doesn’t merely heat water and drop in a ginger root. No, one tosses the ginger into the pot and waits for the water to boil so that all the flavor seeps into the tea. Hold on to your spice and serve others in the name of your Father.
You are the melody of the world. It sails on the breeze into the ears of those who listen. The melody takes the audience by the hand, guiding him through music’s story. Lead the world to the Master Story Teller. Follow the Great Orchestrator, for only He can compose a happy ending. Be the sweet melody amidst cacophony.
You are the sketch [to] the world. A good sketch represents the essence of the reality. It illustrates a vision and brings a thought to the material. If a sketch doesn’t accurately portray its subject, the artist crumbles his sheet of paper in his hand, dropping it into the waist basket. Pick up your pencil and let the Helping Hand with skillful strokes draw you into a portrait of the Subject. Step into the world, a deft sketch characterizing the Master Artist.
You are the robins of the world. After the bleakness of winter, someone hears a robin sing. His song brings the tidings of spring. He trills the promise of a better life at the end of a dreary existence. Standing on the brink of a new season, he awakes the world around him to the news. In the same way, sing of a new world in the hands of an Eternal Father.
You are the wild flowers of the world. Wild flowers dot the fields: little jewels against the green. Each one uniquely delicate. Colors dripping off their petals to brighten the pastures. Stems weave up through towering oceans of hay to feel the sun’s caress. Little masterpieces turning their faces heavenward to their Designer above. In the same way gaze upward, reflecting your Father’s beauty.
You are the skylights of the world. A skylight shouldn’t be covered with a flapping trash bag or painted over. Instead let a gust of wind blow the tarp away; let the breeze carry away the flakes of paint. Lucent, the skylight sends a shaft of light into a gloomy interior. It allows a peek into an eternal azure. Caged in by the maze, man looks up, glimpsing a better reality. Be the window to your Father above who is in heaven.