Puerto Rico witnessed the power of salvation and transformation as Latin music megastar Daddy Yankee bid adieu to his illustrious music career, choosing to embark on a new journey as a devoted evangelist for Jesus.
The artist, known for chart-topping hits like “Gasolina” and “Despacito,” revealed his profound decision during the concluding show of his farewell tour in Puerto Rico, leaving 18,000 fans at the La Meta venue in awe.
In case you haven’t heard of Daddy Yankee before, to put into scope just how big of a worldwide musician he is, here are the numbers for the two songs previously listed: “Gasolina” has over 240 million combined views on YouTube and streamed 765,532,916 times on Spotify at the time of this article. As eye-popping as these numbers seem, they pale in comparison to “Despacito” which Daddy Yankee is listed on along with singer Luis Fonsi. On YouTube, “Despacito” is one of the most viewed videos of all time with 8.6 billion views, and has been streamed on Spotify 1,656,584,291.
In a heartfelt speech delivered in Spanish after performing his iconic 2004 reggaetón hit “Gasolina,” Daddy Yankee, whose real name is Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, conveyed the significance of this transformative moment. “My people, this day for me is the most important day of my life. And I want to share it with you because living a life of success is not the same as living a life with purpose,” he declared.
Acknowledging that his global fame, extensive travel and wealth failed to bring him the fulfillment he sought, Yankee expressed a newfound purpose in committing to Christianity. “I have to confess that those days are over. Someone was able to fill that emptiness,” he shared, alluding to his Savior.
Quoting a poignant Bible verse, he asked the audience, “What good will it be for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” This set the stage for his proclamation: “That is why tonight, I recognize, and I am not ashamed to tell the whole world that Jesus lives in me and that I will live for Him.”
Yankee, emphasizing the redirection of his talents, affirmed, “All the tools that I have in my possession, such as music, social networks, platforms, a microphone—everything that Jesus gave me—is now for His kingdom.” He expressed gratitude to Puerto Rico and invited his fans to join him in this transformative journey, urging them to “follow Jesus Christ, who is the way, the truth and the life.”
Concluding with a prayer, Daddy Yankee invoked divine mercy, seeking the Father’s guidance to evangelize the world from Puerto Rico. A visual spectacle accompanied his words, as light-up drones formed a cross and the phrase “Cristo Viene” (“Christ will come”) in the night sky, symbolizing the artist’s commitment to his newfound faith.
Daddy Yankee’s public declaration of faith echoes the transformative power of encountering Jesus. It serves as a reminder that material success, no matter how grand, often leaves an inner void that only a spiritual connection can fill. The artist’s decision to use his influence and talents for the kingdom reflects the biblical principle found in Matthew 16:26: “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?”
The impact of celebrities finding salvation in Jesus is profound, as it provides an opportunity to share the gospel with a massive audience. In the case of Daddy Yankee, one of the largest audiences in the world. While it doesn’t elevate them above others, it highlights the multitude of ways individuals can serve within the body of Christ. Some, like Daddy Yankee, are given larger platforms to spread the message, demonstrating that each person’s unique gifts can be employed for the advancement of God’s kingdom. In the end, it’s a testament to the transformative power of grace, available to all who seek a purpose beyond the fleeting treasures of this world.
James Lasher is Staff Writer for Charisma Media.