Do you still have cookies to bake? Presents to wrap? Or horrors, presents yet to buy? I can check yes for all of the above and more.

Consider this: Are you being invited to faith in action or faith in waiting right now? According to the gospel, neither doing all you think you need to do or not doing all you think you need to do has value. It’s faith in the work Jesus Christ has already accomplished on your behalf that matters. The beauty of the freedom of the gospel is that our activity or inactivity will look different for each of us, in each moment as we rely on what Christ has won for us. Yes, the gospel is this practical!

Take a deep breath and rest for a moment. What might it look like for you to trust Jesus Christ today?

Are you being invited to faith in action? To do something you normally wouldn’t? Maybe you help your wife with Christmas preparations rather than getting extra time for gaming or reading. Maybe it’s cooking that special holiday meal your husband loves even though you’re not a fan of the kitchen.

Are you being invited to faith in waiting? To stop doing something you usually do this season? Maybe you don’t wrap the presents at all or bake those yummy chocolate covered peanut butter balls everyone raves about. Maybe you take time to listen with your heart to your spouse or children.

Maybe, just maybe you don’t insist everyone help in the kitchen even after you took the step of faith in action by cooking the meal you hadn’t planned on cooking in the first place.

When we live this way of faith, our actions or non-actions become expressions of love. That means we release the outcome. Our demands diminish. Try it out. It’s not too late to grasp the richness of his grace this Christmas.

Galatians 5:6 says, For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.