I am a Jesus pusher!!! The Sermon on the Mount moves from the “Formation of the Kingdom (Matthew 5:3-12),” a total concentration on Jesus,” to the “Function of the Kingdom” (Matthew 5:13-16). We do not contain our relationship with Jesus in a vacuum of its own existence. Jesus does not isolate us from the rest of our world to use us for His benefit. In this section of “Salt” and “Light,” Jesus highlights this truth. It seems to be the passionate desire of His heart! “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
There is a clear-cut directive given in the statement, “that they may see!” The Greek word “eido,” translated as “they may see,” is one of the several words for “know.” It derives its meaning from two word groups. One group has the exclusive focus of “to see.” There is a physical involvement of actually seeing something. The other focus is on “to know.” It emphasizes “perceiving, grasping, or understanding.” The Greek word “hopos” precedes the word “eido,” translated as “that.” It means “in such a manner, that, so that, to this end.” When combined with a subjunctive verb (as in this case), it has to do with the final purpose. There is a distinct purpose; it is the act of “shine.” It shouts of “motivation.” The purpose of our light shining is that something might take place in others’ lives, an awareness of the glory of the Father! We are Jesus pushers!!!