When people think about Justin Bieber, they see a young kid who became a massive force to reckon with in the music industry. He is known for large concerts that have witnessed mammoth crowds singing and chanting the lyrics of his songs. He was well on his way to becoming another Michael Jackson.
Then came the media with news of his delinquent behaviors like defacing public buildings, dating different women and breaking hearts at will. He became violent and was allegedly reported to be involved with drugs. Many loved him the more but many hated him just as much.
But what many people do not know is that before he became the teenage sensation that he was, Justin was raised in a Christian home and taught Christian values. Over a year ago Pattie Mallete, Justin’s mom, shared on a live program aired on GOD TV. She spoke of her experience as a young girl who struggled with depression and suicide ideation, but was delivered by the hand of God. Months later she became pregnant and was confused about what to do. Thank God for praying believers who surrounded her and declared that she was going to birth revival. His mother recounted how Justin (who at the time was not yet a celebrity) was lifted up and carried around in the church building by a prayer group. It was a prophetic act and they had Justin lifted up representing the next generation who would stir many to Jesus Christ.
Years later after the prayer it did not seem like Justin would head any kind of spiritual revival as his life took a far turn from what a Christian should be. He became extremely famous and wealthy, but it was apparent to him that there was a void in his heart.
Justin began to have moments of awakening in his life which began to unveil to him the vanity of a godless life and the emptiness that lies therein.
He hooked his over 90 million Instagram followers when he posted about the saving power of Jesus Christ. This was unlike other Hollywood celebrities who would rather say “God” than say “Jesus” for the excuse of not offending anyone.
At some point he came under the mentorship of Pastor Carl Lentz of Hillsong, New York. Bieber was seen participating in worship services at the church, and some times he did so with Selena Gomez who happened to be his then girl friend.
Many thought it was just a short phase in his life that would event collapse into a full blown relapse. Then came news that Justin was performing worship songs at Coachella. Not long afterwards it was heard that Justin had paused from the music scene.
After an emotional break-up with Selena Gomez, Justin moved into a relationship with Hailey Baldwin, daughter of Stephen Baldwin (who was a Hollywood actor and at a point turned to Jesus Christ thanks to his wife. His spiritual experience happened shortly after the September 11, 2001 attack).
About a year after their relationship, Justin decided to marry the then 21-year-old fashion model.
The interesting thing about Justin Bieber’s transformation is that it has steadily gotten better. There has been no news in the media about his reckless behavior. Rather he is seen talking about Jesus Christ in youth meetings and special gatherings.
There is a fulfillment that comes in knowing Jesus Christ. He is the river of living water that would never run dry. Justin has experienced all that every young person is ready to risk their lives for. He has tasted it all and has found out that nothing fills the void in our hearts like Jesus Christ.
“I am the Light of the World. He who follows me would never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
- John 8:12
What are you waiting for?
Come to Jesus Christ. He will give you His righteousness. He will give you His eternal life. He will give you His Holy Spirit.