We Christians want to be known as followers of Christ. We all go about it in different ways. Most of us feel that if we can preach in public, be a pastor, evangelist, missionary where we can tell others about the Gospel message, we will be known as good Christian people.
Others feel if they can give regularly to their church or programs to help the poor, they will be known as good Christians.
Many will base their identity in Christ on their works and all the good things they can do to show that they are good Christians.
Others will consider how much they can promote how good of a Christian they are, and how much they can condemn those who aren’t Christians.
Basically all these are a waste of time. First, we are saved by Grace, it is a gift from God and there is nothing we can do to earn it or pay for it.
Second, the only way that Jesus says we are to be known as His disciples is by the love we have for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Jesus commandments in the New Testament are ‘believe on the one who God sent’ and ‘love others as you love yourself’ (1 John 3:23). When we try mixing the New Testament commands with the Old Covenant law, we are getting away from the true Gospel of Grace and we are getting away from loving one another as Jesus meant.