The question of identity is at the heart of all religions, and each offers a different answer. Christianity teaches that God is the creator of all human beings, and this loving God issued an invitation for each person to become one of His children. We do that by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior and following His way of salvation. In doing so, we promise to leave our old lives behind and begin a new life in Christ.
It’s crucial to understand that we do nothing to earn this gift of a new life; God offers it to us by grace. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NRSV) puts it clearly: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is a gift of God -- not the result of works, so that no one may boast.” We do nothing to earn this new identity. All we do is accept it.
-- Scott J. Jones in “The Wesleyan Way: A Faith That Matters”