@happysmiles: Being “saved” means you have an understanding of what Christ did on the cross, taking the punishment for every. single. sin as lined out in His word…. Your sin, my sin, killed Him….. That he loved you, us, that much and in return we live devoted to following Him.
In this age, there are a vast number of opinions on what it means to be a Christian, so my best advice is to just go to God’s Word about it. Jesus actually lined out what a follower of His looks like in many places, one being Luke 14.
25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.
34 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?
How we live IS a HUGE part of being a follower/embassador of Jesus, BUT it’s not our focus. Rather…. just like any relationship, it’s about getting to deeply know Him and letting that be what changes us. He changes us to be more like him in EVERY facet….. in His love AND in His truth. Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek first His kingdom and any & everything we need to have/know/do will be added to us. Just spend your time seeking Him in his Word and prayer and He WILL lead you.
It’s an AMAZING journey and I can say that coming to that place where you’ll follow Him no matter what is humbling but so fulfilling. It’s not easy, and does call to give not just alot up but ALL of yourself up, but I know that my life is better than I could’ve EVER had continuing living how I thought was okay. I’m excited that now you’re on that path too and pray that in this day you’ll stay strong and true to Christ and not be waivered by this very tempting and very lax world. Feel free to pm ANY time if you have any other questions regarding scripture or this new Christian living.. it’s what we’re here to do… encourage and exhort each other. =)