For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ (Titus 2:11-13 ESV)
Jesus came into the world to save it, not condemn it. That in itself was a gracious act because not everyone welcomed him. However, their hostility or defiance did not discourage him or cause him to change his mind. He committed himself to the will of his Father, which was to redeem anyone who chose to believe in his Son. The way to salvation was made simple. Again, this was an act of grace. God did not outline any additional criteria. He just wants us to have faith and believe.
The training that he provides us can be misunderstood as religious requirements, when really his purpose is to refine our character and deliver us from evil. In doing so, we become more like him: patient, long-suffering, loving, and merciful because we understand how much he loves us. These attributes help us “to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives” while we wait for the return of Jesus. And by waiting, what I mean is serving. We cannot just sit on our faith. We must put ourselves to work because Jesus said the “fields are white for harvest.” There are a lot of people ready to hear and receive the message of the gospel if we are keeping our eyes open to opportunities (John 4:35). There will be a time to sow God’s word into someone’s heart, and there will be a time to reap eager souls by leading them into prayer and inviting them to put their faith in Jesus. I believe we must be ready to do both by acting on God’s promptings when he gives us those opportunities.