“You did a good job!”
“That was so kind of you to offer your help.”
“I admire how well you organizedthat project.”
We all like to hear sincere compliments that show how much others appreciate our efforts.Have you received a compliment lately? Probably so, but there’s one compliment that would be thegreatest anybody could ever give you. It is for someone to tell you that they can see Christ in you, thatthey see him, living in and through you, by your actions and attitudes. Another question: Have you everthought about God complimenting you? You probably are asking: When? How? Alluding to twostories in Scripture, we might find an answer to these questions.
Every one of us can identify with the Good Samaritan. We are familiar with this story, that tells us aboutthe Samaritan who discovered the wounded man – a Jew, who was hated by his Samaritan people – lyingon the road, severely wounded by robbers. The Samaritan stopped and bound up the man’s wounds andmade sure he was taken care of, before going on this way. He could have said, “I didn’t create thesewounds. They aren’t my problem.” But he chose to help. What a picture of someone acting as Jesushimself would have acted. And Jesus complimented the man for his kind and brave deed.That leads us to another example of Jesus offering a compliment. This time – to us! Jesus gives us theprivilege of being his co-workers. What a compliment to be told we are “…the light of the world.” Whata compliment to be trusted as God’s light and trusted to let that light shine so others can see our goodworks in order to glorify our Father in heaven. “Physically, Jesus is no longer in this world, but his lightis now in us. We are the light to be shone to our unclear, stumbling, falling world.
Jesus also tells us that we are salt for the earth, yet another compliment. Salt, as well as light, are mostimportant in our world. No greater compliment can be paid, than to be called light and salt, and to beentrusted to do the work of Christ himself. Every moment of our lives belongs to God. We cannot goabout our daily lives without realizing the incredible privilege God gives us, to be light to those indarkness, flavor to those who need “seasoning” in their lives, whatever form that takes. Christ is thesupply power, and he entrusts us, and counts on us to be his reflection in bringing light and life into ourown corner of darkness. That may just be a simple word of love or praise. So, in addition to our actions,in the coming days when you see something beautiful in someone or in their deeds, compliment them. Itmay take a second to say, but for them it could last a lifetime!