Day 4

December 2

December 2

Titus 2:11-13

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, 12 training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Gift of Grace

by Mitchell Neubert, Ph.D.

We all need grace. Thanks be to God that grace appeared in the person and work of Jesus Christ, who came to earth as a helpless baby, fully man yet fully God. Our greatest need - to be saved from sin and death - is completely satisfied in the greatest gift - salvation and eternal life in the resurrected and reigning Christ!

For those who receive this gift, we become children of the living God in this life and the life to come. As members of God's family, we live and work in light of the grace that saved us but also sustains us and enables us to proclaim in word and deed the excellencies of the One who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. This is our shared mission and privilege as the Baylor Family, on campus and across the globe.

Yet, in this world, there will be trouble and trials. Thus, the grace of Christ also is our blessed hope. While we apply ourselves to serving one another and utilizing our knowledge, skills, and abilities to better this world, our hope is not in our ourselves or in humankind but in our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. In partnership with Him, we participate in the redemption of this world, and we wait for His power and providence to make all things new and right again in an eternal future. This is the sure and blessed hope of the Baylor Family.

God's grace displayed and at work within Baylor is what drew my family and I to this campus decades ago, and grace continues to keep us here. As a Baylor professor contemplating the coming of Christmas, I am filled with gratitude for this undeserved grace that covers my past, empowers my present service, and secures my ultimate future. And, as a Baylor parent, I find comfort knowing this grace is sufficient for my son and daughters and grandchildren as well as all the sons and daughters of the Baylor Family in Christ Jesus.

We all need grace. As the Baylor Family, join with me in thanks to God this season and all seasons for the grace that has appeared in the person of Jesus Christ, who is like no other, abounding in grace and matchless in His majesty.

Learn More About Our Guest Writer

Mitchell NeubertMitchell Neubert, Ph.D.

Mitchell Neubert, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor, holder of The Hazel and Harry Chavanne Chair of Christian Ethics in Business for the Hankamer School of Business. Dr. Neubert's research interests are focused on understanding how leadership and ethics affect the performance and well-being of people and organizations and how faith intersects with these research interests. He is the primary investigator on a National Science Foundation grant exploring the relationship of religion and entrepreneurship.

In addition to his academic responsibilities, Dr. Neubert provides leadership to programs and initiatives that promote his conviction that businesses can do well by doing good. He hosts the Hankamer School of Business’s annual Dale P. Jones Ethics Forum activities and Paul J. Meyer Christian Leadership in Business initiatives.