The assignment was to create different metaphors relating to being the salt and light of the world. Let’s think more deeply about these verses. Who are we, really?
“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
You are the bread of the world. Breads’ softness and nourishment is needed by all. People do not leave bread out to become stale, but they tie it in a bag, ready to be eaten by all. But if you leave bread out, it will become stale and be torn apart and thrown out to the birds. Tie up the bread in a bag, so it will not become stale, but will remain soft, ready for anyone to eat. In the same way, let the whole world see your good works, so people may taste the goodness of the Lord and glorify the Father in heaven.
You are the apples of the world. Apples’ sweetness is cherished by all. People do not leave apples on the trees to fall and rot, but they pick them so they can be eaten before their time is gone. But if an apple falls from a tree, it quickly rots and is no longer fit to eat. So instead, pick apples before they fall. They must allow the world to taste their sweetness before they rot, just as you must show the wonderful things God has done for you before you die so people will glorify the Father in heaven.
You are the soil of the world. Farmers need soil to plant crops for people to eat. Soil cannot be hidden. But if soil lies dormant in a box, what use is it for planting seeds? Its usefulness is gone; the farmer must lay it out in the sun for all to see in order for it to be any use. So don’t hide soil away from the sun; bring it into the light so it can nourish and grow crops. In the same way, stand in the light so the world will see your usefulness and glorify the Father in heaven.