Being a Christian is not about wearing a badge. It isn't about club membership. It is not a prize to be won. It is about learning to live a life of loss, of giving up. We lose the self-centered focus of the "old man" and that feeling of doom that sin holds over our head. We give up the earthly tethers- those old habits and mindsets that hold us back from seeking joy in the Lord.
It is living a Christ-centered life. It is learning to follow behind the Master so closely that you come to resemble Him in the way you walk, talk and respond to the world, so that others might see Him and not you.
It is about letting Christ refine your spiritual appetite so much that earthly passions give you spiritual indigestion, leading you away from the destructive ways you used to walk and toward that abundant life that is hidden with Christ in God.