Paul’s letter to Titus is about salvation and how we ought to live as Christians. It also talks about our attitude toward unbelievers and how we should respond to them. Unless we work in a church or some other place that is Christ-centered, we’re going to be spending more time around people who do not believe than we are around people who do believe. Indeed, it’s often a rare treat when we encounter a fellow Believer that the experience resonates within us long after the encounter. What does Paul say to Titus in this letter about salvation and unbelievers?

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.

Titus 2:11 (NIV)

Paul tells us that the grace of God has made salvation available to everyone. Does this mean everyone will be saved? No, it does not.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 (NIV)

In this, one of the most well-known verses of the Bible, we see only those people who believe in Jesus will not perish but have eternal life.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Romans 10:9-10 (NIV)

for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 10:13 (NIV)

Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: “Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea, only the remnant will be saved.”

Romans 9:27 (NIV)

Paul further clarifies in Romans that not everyone will be saved because not everyone will call on the name of the Lord and believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. Paul also points out something Isaiah said about the Israelites. There are a lot of them, and only a remnant will be saved. Jesus also has this to say in Matthew.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV)

Therefore, we know few people are going to be saved. How do we respond to this as Christians? Do we look at the world around us, and deem it unworthy of salvation when we see how people behave? Do we look in the mirror and expect the people in this world to follow us? Believing we are the example for people to follow? After all, doesn’t Jesus tell us we are the light of the world?

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)

We don’t have salvation by the things that we do. It’s by the grace of God that we are saved. Paul writes this in Romans.

For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.

Romans 7:18 (NKJV)

Because of God’s grace and His Spirit within us, we have the mind of Christ and the Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us into all truth. We have the choice to listen to the Spirit and do what He says. When we do good things in this world, it’s because we are directed by God. The light of the world is the light of Christ that shines in us. Jesus tells us the world will see our good deeds and glorify God.

Therefore, people should see Christ in us and want to follow Him. If someone wants to credit us for the good, then we need to point to God and tell them, “He did this.”

What do we see when we look at the world?

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.

Titus 3:3 (NIV)

This is what we see in the world, and when we see it, we need to understand that we were just like this at one time. What changed in our lives then, to change us?

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.

Titus 3:4-5 (NIV)

How was the kindness and love of God shown to you? It was shown to me by Christians who loved God, and even though they saw me, steeped in the sin of this world, showed His kindness and love to me! In 2001, some people first met the unsaved me and started praying. Five years later, in 2006, I knelt before the Lord. Some of those people had given up on me, but they didn’t give up on God.

Although Paul knew only a remnant of Israel would be saved, his desire for them all to be saved didn’t leave him.

I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race, the people of Israel.

Romans 9:2-4 (NIV)

This is my heart for all of those who are not yet saved. Perhaps I am a fool, sitting here, my heartbreaking and tears streaming down my face, thinking of myself being lost. What if the people had stopped praying for me? What if they had given up and believed that I was beyond God’s salvation?!

I know that not everyone will be saved. The Bible tells me this, and I understand it. However, I will not stop striving for those who are unsaved. For those, the Lord has brought into my sphere of influence. I pray to God that I will never forget who I was before I came to Christ. My prayer is that you too, remember who you once were before the kindness and love of God saved you.

Do you know God? God knows you, and He loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, right now, and He wants you to know Him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, be freed from death, and live eternally with Him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation today:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart, and I receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.