There are several characteristics which define and identify those people and churches who are following Jesus into the world.
First, they will be known for their love.
Christians should be the most loving people on earth, not just by what we say, but by what we do. People should not have to be told that Christians are loving, but should tangibly see our love in what we do for others daily.
One of the best ways to reveal this is not just in loving one another, but also in loving those whom others hate.
In Luke 6:27-28, Jesus tells His disciples that they must be characterized by love for their enemies. They must love them, bless them, and pray for them. In a world that wants the death and destruction of our enemies, those who love, bless, and serve their enemies are viewed as traitors.
In 178 AD, a harsh critic of Christianity named Celsus said this about Christians: “What is this preference for sinners over others?” He found it incredulous that Christians seemed to prefer the sinful people in society over the upright and outstanding citizens. He found it shocking and absurd that Christians went out of their way to serve and love the rejects and outcasts in their cities. But this is the way of Jesus, is it not?