Singer-songwriter Justin Bieber’s latest proclamation of his Christian faith is a photo he posted to his Instagram account over the weekend. It shows him sitting down on an airplane seat, shirtless, with an open Bible on his lap.
So far, the image has drawn more than 6 million likes among his more than 95 million followers on the social media site.
On Dec. 29, the 23-year-old singer had posted a photo of a painting he had created that he titled “Calvary.” He announced to his fans that he would be auctioning off the painting at a later date with proceeds from the auction going to victims of wildfires in California.
The 23-year-old has spent the last year focused on growing deeper in his Christian faith. He has been speaking to his followers about Jesus Christ using social media.
Beiber’s Instagram bio currently includes a link to a Bible study by one of his pastor friends, Judah Smith, titled, “How’s Your Soul? Small Group Bible Study.”
And last month he posted a message of hope to his followers – a photo of a handwritten message in black marker on a white dry erase board. The note read:
“Do you feel you have exhausted all options? Do you feel helpless? Do you feel like you are never good enough? What if I told you that there’s a God that’s willing to meet you WHEREVER you’re at! What if I told you he could take away your pain, shame, guilt, and fears. #JESUS
Beiber also added a personal note to his post, “Jesus is changing me from the inside out every day! AND I MISSPELLED GUILT and exhausted.”
In the past, Bieber got into trouble for bad behavior, including vandalism and smoking marijuana.
But his life has changed dramatically since he turned to Christ, and his openness about sharing his faith has been welcomed by fans around the world.
“I look back at a lot of things in my life, mistakes, insecurities, and although I have felt I’ve wasted a lot of time it also makes me want to be better faster! For me personally, I want to work every day to be BETTER AT 70,” he said about a new tattoo in an Instagram post in June.