This is the number one requirement to be a Christian. Truly.
This must come before. Anything else we can do. God will call us, but we probably won’t realize that until later… And everything God does and allows is to draw people to himself. So…
With all the worldly externals trying to bombard us, we have to be willing and choose God.
Everyone has a master. Choose your master wisely.
The choice is conscious and salvation is immediate. The living it out takes longer. Living it out is a process, a journey. Living it out, stumbling does not lose your salvation, but those who are saved and recognize the gift will try to live in a way that is pleasing to God.