Read Titus 2
As Paul is writing to Titus, he is imploring Titus to teach and encourage transformed living in a way that is applied to all who are believers. It isn’t simply enough to have leaders who reflect the transformative work that is done by the Holy Spirit, all must live in this way. This is a response to our eternal Salvation, and yet at the same time is part of “earthly,” contemporary (current time) salvation as well.
Far too often we get “salvation” mixed up as being something that happens to us when we die. When we believe in Jesus, we know that we will “go to heaven” after we die. But if this is the extent of the salvation that we understand, we are getting a very small picture of what God is actually doing in our lives.
The work of our salvation begins even before the very moment that we place our faith in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit’s work in us, building up our faith. God is constantly at work in us, reforming and reshaping us into the image of His Son. We call this “sanctification,” and it is a very important part of the Christian life.
Not only is God working on us in this way, He continues to work in this world to bring about redemption and restoration to all of His creation. This is something that He has been doing since the very beginning and something we also are called to participate in through the careful tending and treatment of this planet.
When we limit the scope of God’s salvific (salvation related) work to a sort of “escapist” mentality line of thinking that is only true for us when we die, we grossly limit and box in God’s extraordinary work throughout history, culminating, but not ending in the work of Jesus Christ when He went to the cross.