When we come to know the Lord, he changes us from the inside out. He changes our very hearts from stone to flesh and when he’s through with us, we don’t always look or act the same way we did when we were in love with sin.
Whether you’re a 9-to-5 kind of person or a chart-topping pop star, when God changes your heart and your life, the difference is easy to see.
Justin Bieber, the teen sensation who came to the Lord after his fame and success led him to a life conquered by sin, has given the world the privilege of watching his transformation unfold as he grows in Christ.
Bieber has been spotted leading impromptu open-air worship sessions, adding several tattoos to his collection which honor or represent his relationship with the Lord, and has been unflinchingly vocal alongside his new wife Hailey Baldwin about their Christian faith.
In the years since his last album and tour, however, Bieber’s millions of fans and social media followers have grown restless and, he revealed, have been begging for some signs of musical life from the singer.
In an Instagram post responding to several comments he’d read begging for him to release a new album, Bieber shared the incredible reason why that won’t be happening for a while to come.
“I’ve toured my whole teenage life, and early 20s, I realized and as you guys probably saw I was unhappy last tour and I don’t deserve that and you don’t deserve that,” Bieber wrote on Monday.
“You pay money to come and have a lively energetic fun light concert and I was unable emotionally to give you that near the end of the tour,” he explained.
“I have been looking, seeking, trial and error as most of us do,” Bieber continued, “I am now very focused on repairing some of the deep rooted issues that I have as most of us have, so that I don’t fall apart, so that I can sustain my marriage and be the father I want to be.”
“Music is very important to me but nothing comes before my family and my health,” the singer boldly declared.
After a handful of encounters with police and a crippling addiction to Xanax, Bieber finally knew peace when he surrendered his life to Jesus and began active discipleship under high-profile church leaders like Carl Lentz.
Now, with his beautiful wife by his side, he’s not ready to jeopardize any of God’s gifts to him for the sake of another album and tour.
When he’s ready to return, though, watch out. When Bieber does return to the music scene, he says he “will come with a vengeance.”
Let’s pray that Justin continues under steady discipleship in a healthy church and continues to grow into his role as a godly husband and father, and praise God for the wonderful work in this young man’s life.