Everyone therefore who acknowledges Me before others, I will also acknowledge before My Father in Heaven, (Luke says, 'before the angels of God') but whoever denies Me before others, I will also deny before my Father (and/or angels of God) in heaven. Matthew 10:32; Luke 12:8
Usually the most complimentary and the most damning criticisms about you and me are said behind our backs. We haven't got a clue about what people really think of us and what they tell each other about us.
Jesus also talks about you behind your back. He talks about you being too embarrassed to wear a big gold cross, and about how you don't pray before you eat in a restaurant and about how you don't give Him credit when He makes a miracle happen for you.
Or, Jesus tells His Father and the angels with glee that you talk on and on about Him without a care in the world that some others think you are deluded, or just silly or if those words about Christ permanently delete you from a friend or client, or boss's inner circle.
Sometimes loving Christ out loud is a good way to get flogged, tortured or beheaded. Aspiring immortals who are affected by those over-reactions are not just acknowledged, they are commended. They are saints for hitting the bulls-eye regardless of the consequences.
A Mark of your immortality is that you confidently and bravely claim that the crucified Jesus Christ is still alive, and that you have His back.
To hit this Mark is to love Jesus the Christ out loud.