11For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. – Titus 2:11-14
I have been preaching through Titus, so I find myself reading it quite a bit these days. For just three chapters, it is jam-packed with great stuff on practical day-to-day things for all believers. I was pondering the idea today regarding salvation. We frequently speak of salvation from the perspective of what we are saved from but rarely take the time to ponder what we are saved for. Salvation isn’t just about our final destination. It makes an impact on our everyday life. Paul says that we are to live “self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age” while we are waiting for Christ to return. This is how salvation effects us now.