Born Jared Clark in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania a little over two decades ago, he grew up in a Christian household where he was prophesied he would be a preacher. Although baptized at the age of 14, J.Clark was still the typical teenage boy into sports and the attention of girls. It wasn’t until after a near fatal accident about two years ago, he was forced to make a choice which placed him face-to-.face with God. That choice caused him to step into his calling and truly give his life to Jesus Christ. J. Clark’s world now revolves around preaching the gospel and rapping the Word. Recently, REFRESH had the opportunity to chat with J. Clark to discover the many layers of his walk with God.
Q: What was it like knowing the call you had on your life?
A: Knowing the call of God on my life always haunted me. I knew I could only run for so long. I did feel pressured at first because I knew that my life would no longer be my own. I always knew that ministry was no walk in the park, and the fact that God was calling me to lead his people was even more nerve-racking. At the time, I felt pressured because I didn’t feel like I could complete the work that God had for me because of my lifestyle.
Q: When you gave your life to God, were you studying the Word as well?
A: Yes, studying the word of God is what really helped me to mature as a Christian and get my life in order. The devil knew that I was no longer lost because my purpose had been revealed to me. He was trying to stop me from walking in my purpose before I got started.
Q: How did you feel after your accident?
A: I was depressed for months. I felt like I lost everything in my life. I knew after I hurt myself that God was not playing games with me. I felt much guilt for being outside the will of God. From that point on, I gave God a yes.
Q: What advice would you offer high school and college athletes to stay away from the ways of the world and follow their purpose?
A: For every believer striving to be like Christ. I would advise them not to put their self in a position to fail. The Bible says, “Flee from sexual immorality,” so I urge them not to wait until they’re in the room to flee. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. You can’t trust your flesh so try to avoid being in a compromising position. Don’t be afraid to let others know what you stand for. God set you apart so you were always meant to be different. Obedience is better than sacrifice so live to obey God no matter what the world is doing.
Q: Growing up in a Christian home, were you expected to follow the word? Do you believe it is a challenge to follow God when not growing up in a Christian home?
A: I had no choice but to serve God [growing up in a Christian home]. James 1:22 says, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” This scripture always stuck with me because I knew that going to church and reading the word meant nothing if I couldn’t display it. I do feel that it can be challenging for some to accept Christ when coming from a background where he is foreign. It’s all about how God choose to reveal himself to them.
Q: How does it feel to witness all the prophecies manifest in your life?
A: It’s mind blowing! When things come to light, I just smile and look to God. He never ceases to amaze me.
Q: What is next for you?
A: I plan to stay consistent in the things of God and continue to let him pour into my life. I have much work ahead of me, and I want to reach every soul God intended for me to reach while I’m here on Earth.