This weekend, a newly mustache-free Justin Bieber made a surprise appearance at Kanye West’s Sunday Service gathering, and sang an emotional version of Marvin Sapp’s gospel hit “Never Would Have Made It.”
A video that Bieber shared to Instagram shows him singing acapella onstage as the crowd cheers the lyrics, “Now I see that you were there for me, and I can say, I never would have made it; I never would have made it without you.”
Since the release of his new album Changes, Bieber has been open about his own spiritual journey and how he leaned on God following years of struggling with mental health, substance abuse and the weight of celebrity.
He recently told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, “So I’m very, very grateful to have influences in my life that have played a huge part in me seeing their relationship with Jesus and their relationship with their wives, and their relationship with their kids, and saying, ‘That’s what I want,’ and I’m striving after that.
He went on to explain how meaningful the idea of grace has been in his life.
“The way I look at my relationship with God and with Jesus is, I’m not trying to earn God’s love by doing good things. God has already loved me for who I am before I did anything to earn and deserve it,” he said. “It’s a free gift by accepting Jesus and just giving your life to Him. And what He did is the gift, the forgiveness is the thing that we look at and, ‘I’m going to worship you, God, because you gave me something so good.’ And so you live that life of like, ‘I don’t want to cheat on my wife, not because it’s the right thing to do, but because I don’t want to hurt her,’ see the difference there?”