25 year old Carpenter, Sam, chats with us about what it means to him to follow Jesus, to live fearless and how he is a visible portrait of Jesus to his world…
Portraits Series inspiration: Jesus is the most revolutionary person to have ever lived, and if people can see Jesus for who He truly is, their lives will be radically changed. Colossians 1:15, says that Jesus is the visible portrait of the invisible God. Today, in the absence of the person of Jesus on Earth, we as Christians play a vital role in living on mission (through the Holy Spirit) and pointing people to Jesus by being visible portraits of Jesus to our world.
— FAITH —
How long have you been a Christian?
Not long. 4 years.
Why did you choose Jesus?
I was at the end of my rope, I had no where else to turn. Jesus met me at my lowest point, I felt nothing but love even though I couldn’t understand why.
Who inspired you to choose Jesus?
What has changed since choosing Jesus?
Everything. I lived a selfish life full of drugs, only thinking about the next high. I destroyed every relationship that was good. When Jesus came into my life, He restored all things and showed me how to love Him and others. I was renewed, physically, mentally and spiritually.
Why are you a part of a local church?
I believe that we should all be a part of the body, we all have a vital part to play in encouraging and serving one another. Church is a place to bold each other up and champion each other on in our walks with God. God calls us to be in relationship not only with Him, but with others.
— FEAR —
Is fear a liar? Why?
Yes. Fear can hold you back from living out God’s plan for your life. Fear of man is something that the enemy wants us to have, it prevents us from living a free life.
What does it look like to live fearless to you?
It looks like walking in complete obedience to God. Laying hands on the sick, raising the dead, preaching the Good news and casting out demons.
Who inspires you to live fearless?
Jesus. David Hogan, Dan Mohler, Reinhard Bonnke
How does your faith push you out of your comfort zone?
It encourages me on a daily basis to speak to people that I don’t know. It also inspires me to be bold and pray for healing. It helps me to step into the unknown with trust.
How would you encourage others to live fearless?
I would encourage you to be obedient in all that God is calling you to do. From the smallest things to the biggest, trust Him and live in His freedom. What have you got to lose? You only have Him to gain.
— PURPOSE —
What do you feel like your specific calling is?
I have an evangelistic heart, I feel called to Papua New Guinea as a long term missionary. I want to see that nation set free and on fire for God.
What role does trusting Jesus play in fulfilling that calling?
He is the centre, without Him I am nothing. Learning to trust and obey Jesus is the only way that I will be able to fully live out my calling.
Is ‘living on mission’ an important part of your faith, and why?
Yes it is. We are Jesus’ hands and feet. What we have freely received, we should freely give.
How do you daily live on mission?
It’s a conscious decision each day to share my faith. It’s not always comfortable to love people that you don’t know but that’s why we have the Holy Spirit as our comforter. The more you step out in faith, the more you see God move in miraculous ways.