To be saved means to turn away from a life that is without God, that is focused solely upon ourselves. It means giving up the obsession with our needs, our wants, our pleasures, our comforts, our importance, our egos, and our power. If my world is nothing but me, then no one else, including God, is likely to get in. Being saved from also means being saved from destructive elements which we call sin.
When God becomes a part of our life, we realize that a focus on self is not a full or healthy life. We understand that self-focus alone has no future and offers nothing to build up anyone else or to advance the great causes of humanity.
But being saved from ourselves also means that we are saved to a life that is the exact opposite. Such a life says that the will of God and living this faith daily is a greater priority than our own will, that being the people of God is more important than anything, that giving and sharing the love of God are far better than taking and accumulating. Our lives are changed by God to become lives that affirm others, lives of healing and wholeness.
Being saved means that we have accepted Jesus in our heart and have awakened to the wondrous opportunities to share each day with our brothers and sisters and see what God is doing in our lives together. Most people who are rescued begin to evaluate their lives, take stock, and find ways to improve their lives; it is a wake-up call. We believe that being saved is, in essence, God’s wake-up call to us.