A few weeks ago, Chance the Rapper announced to his 9.2 million Instagram followers that he was taking a sabbatical to read and learn the Word of God. Upon reaching day 7 of his much-anticipated sabbatical, Chance announced that he had quit cigarettes, giving all the glory to God.
The photo shared with the caption was Ephesians 3:20 which reads: “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
Chance has been open in the past about his addiction to cigarettes, even penning a song about it called “Chain Smoker.”
Back in May, Chance tweeted that he was going to quit smoking, saying, “really tryna quit smoking cigarettes.”
Really tryna quit smoking cigarettes
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) May 7, 2018
In a 2013 interview with xxxlmag.com, Chance told the magazine that although he is addicted to cigarettes, he doesn’t believe they are a “cool thing.”
“Man, cigarettes are not a cool thing,” he said to xxxlmag.com. “I never want to push that on to people. It’s just been a big part of my life, reluctantly, because I’ve been addicted to cigarettes for a long time. I think there’s something super poetic about cigarettes. I asked a question one time like, ‘Why do you toss the filter?’ It’s like the only part of the cigarette that’s saving you, but we toss it at the end. It’s a weird question.”
The Chicago rapper announced his decision to quit smoking when he announced that he was taking a sabbatical.
“I’m going away to learn the Word of God which I am admittedly very unfamiliar with,” he shared with his Instagram followers.
“I’ve been brought up by my family to know Christ but I haven’t taken it upon myself to really just take a couple days and read my bible,” he added.
The rapper added that he planned to read “five or more books from Bible” so that he could form a deeper relationship with Jesus.
“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?” he wrote.
Halfway through his sabbatical, he updated his followers on his progress, sharing that he read the book of Romans, James, and Galatians, as well as going 4 days without a single cigarette.
“Otw to the second half of sabbatical,” he captioned a photo. “I read Romans, James and Galatians and I’m currently on day 4 of ZERO CIGARETTES. I feel really good right now, thank u Father. #leaveitatthealter.”
Chance’s outward proclamation of his faith hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Kanye West recently took to Twitter to credit his reconnection with his Christian faith to Chance.
“I need to speak about how Chance demanding that we record in Chicago reconnected me with my roots and also my faith in Jesus Christ,” the artist tweeted on Dec. 15.
I need to speak about how Chance demanding that we record in Chicago reconnected me with my roots and also my faith in Jesus Christ
— ye (@kanyewest) December 15, 2018