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The Grammy-award winning artist is doing the unexpected. He is stepping away from the studio and fame to spend time with Jesus.

“I’m on a plane headed out the country on my first sabbatical,” Chance the Rapper said. “I’m going away to learn the Word of God which I am admittedly very unfamiliar with.”

Chance the Rapper is known for speaking up about his faith. He is not afraid to mention Jesus in his music. Now he is taking time off to get closer to God’s Word and transform his faith.

“I’ve been brought up by family to know Christ but I haven’t taken it upon myself to really just take a couple days read my Bible. We all quote Scripture and tell each other what God likes and doesn’t like but how much time do we spend as followers of Jesus to really just read and KNOW his Word. I’m definitely guilty of not devoting time to it,” he said.


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It appears that his decision to study the Bible was partly due to the birth of his nephew, Charlie Matthew. This post was paired with a short video of the Chicago native cradling the baby.

“He’s the first boy of the next line and he needs his uncle to be educated,” Chance said.

He also suggested that the goal for the sabbatical was to read five or more books from the Bible – and to quit smoking.

At the beginning of the sabbatical, Chance posted a picture of his devotional from “A Diary of Private Prayer” by John Ballie:

“O God my creator and Redeemer, I cannot go into this day unless you accompany me with your blessing,” the devotional says. “Do not let the vigor and freshness of the morning, or the glow of health, or the present success of my life deceive me into the false reliance upon my own strength. All these good gifts have come to me from you…”


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He later posted a picture of his daughter running towards the church with a verse from Proverbs: “Train up a child in the way she should go.”

As of now, Chance has not shared how long the sabbatical will last. He appears to really be focused on his faith right now. We applaud you Chance for taking time off to get closer to Jesus and the Word of God!

 

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