Day 4

December 1

December 1

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 Sandeep Mazumder, Ph.D.

Grace is such a simple yet complicated subject. I wasn’t raised in a Christian home and am so grateful that God sought me out and adopted me into His family. It is now easy for me to see how easy to it is to accept God’s grace through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Yet grace is difficult. The pain and suffering that Jesus endured for us on the cross was anything but easy. Moreover, we struggle with grace in the way that we try to earn God’s merit through our own work and efforts—we find it difficult to accept that this is not the way to obtain salvation. This merit-less honor and achievement stands in sharp contrast to most things we see in the world, where we instead strive to earn our way. This notion of grace truly is a stumbling block to those who do not believe.

However, the grace of God is both true and real. This Advent season, my prayer is that we—myself included—stop trying to earn our salvation, but instead look to the finished work of Christ. It is this finished work that paves the way for our faithfulness.

The words from Titus 2:11-13 urge us pursue holiness and righteousness, fueled by Christ’s sacrifice. I love the way these verses present both a negative that we must stop doing, but also provide a positive that we must instead start doing. Specifically, we must turn away from ungodliness and toward godly lives, and we must turn away from worldly passions and toward self-controlled and upright lives.

Let us remember this Advent that our blessed hope will appear again, of which Christmas is an annual reminder. This is no ordinary hope, but a blessed one. In closing, I pray that we here at Baylor University cling to that blessed hope to spur us on toward the good work that Christ has ordained for us, and that we never cease showing grace to one another.

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Sandeep Mazumder, Ph.D.Sandeep Mazumder, Ph.D.

Sandeep Mazumder, Ph.D. was appointed as the William E. Crenshaw Endowed Dean of Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business in 2021. He previously served as professor and chair of the Department of Economics at Wake Forest University. Mazumder's research and teaching interests include macroeconomics, monetary economics, international monetary economics and time-series econometrics.

He has focused much of his research on U.S. inflation dynamics and the Phillips Curve, and has published more than 30 articles in journals such as the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Macroeconomic Dynamics and the Journal of Macroeconomics, for which he serves as an associate editor. He is a member of the American Economic Association, Southern Economic Association, Eastern Economic Association and International Atlantic Economic Association. He also teaches several courses, including Intermediate Macroeconomics, Applied Econometrics, Monetary Theory and Policy and International Finance.