In John 15:13, Jesus said: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Today, we honor the brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom as Americans. Happy Memorial Day! We hope you take this time to enjoy family and friends and reflect on life’s simple treasures.
Yesterday was the best day ever! It was Pastor Taylor’s birthday and we began a new growth series called “ALL IN.” Here at Trinity Harlem, we believe a life with Jesus is the most adventurous life you can have. We’re learning what it means to be ALL IN with Jesus. To us, it’s taking up our cross and following Him. The places He’ll take us will far exceed our wildest dreams. He can open doors and make ways like no other. He has done and will continue to do the impossible. He isn’t safe, but He’s good.
"All of us are one decision away from a totally different adventurous life with God, if we have the courage to surrender everything to Him." - Pastor Taylor
Surrendering isn’t easy. It’s saying, “God, Your will, not mine” and meaning. It may mean the loss of some friendships or material possessions, but the gain is so much greater. Proverbs 3:6 says, "In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and he will direct thy paths." When we go ALL IN with Jesus and acknowledge Him as the head of our lives, things begin to shift. How awesome it is to know that if we just trust God with our whole beings, He will direct our paths and show us a life that is full of adventure! The road won’t always be paved and easy but we have a promise that He will be with us always.
We must ask ourselves: "How strong is my faith? What is it that I value more than God in this world?" In Matthew chapter 19, a rich young man comes to Jesus and asks what he has to do to gain eternal life. Jesus tells him to keep the commandments, which he says he has. Then Jesus compels him to sell his possessions and donate to the poor and he would have treasure in heaven. “Come, follow me” Jesus says to him. But the young man--one of many possessions--leaves after hearing this, not wanting to give up all he has (Matthew 19:16-22). This story shows us that if we truly want to be ALL IN with Jesus, we have to be willing to give it all up.
Pastor Taylor said, "Whatever you don't turn into praise will turn into pride. The gift giver is greater than the gift. The creator of the universe has more things. Give it back to Jesus." When we give it back to Jesus, we create room for Him to do and give even more. He wants to fulfill His promises to us. And if we want all of God's promises, we must be intentional about focusing on Him. It requires deepening our relationship and developing intimacy with Him. He wants to know us: to hear about our day at work and our fears and our deepest desires. But He also wants to speak to us. Do we have the ears to hear Him?
We invite you to join us in going ALL IN with Jesus. We can set ourselves apart by giving Him our all: our time, our talents, our treasure and our full devotion. We're ALL IN this together!