This theological word is central to Christian faith and belief. Here are some ways the word works in everyday language and how they might be related to its theological meaning.
Salvation, or being "saved" implies rescue from danger. It may also imply saved as in kept and not discarded (as in a possession or treasure) or saved for something, or saved to use later. It connects to being made safe as well, as in security.
Are we saved like money in a savings account? Maybe God wants us to earn interest . . . like the parable of the talents in Matthew 25.
Are we saved like a drowning swimmer? Rescued, needy, and perhaps, helpless?
Are we saved like useful objects in the basement? Will God use us as a part to repair something?
Are we safe now, like a house with an alarm system? Maybe that's why we're told that perfect love casts out fear . . .
Both care and imagination in the use of this weighty and crucial word are critical to theological thinking and writing.