August 03, 2016


Ephesians 6:10-17

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist.

—  Ephesians 6:14

A decade ago I had to give up jogging because I was feeling some pain in my chest. I thought this was a sign of my age and an indication that I had to slow down. My wife told me I should be checked by a doctor. I did not listen to her good advice.

Later, my chiropractor told me to go straight to the emergency room at the local hospital. I ­listened this time. After a number of tests I was scheduled for an exploratory procedure. I was able to watch on a screen as a camera traveled inside a major artery toward my heart.

The truth was that I had a clogged artery. I had been trying to treat some deadly symptoms by slowing down. The doctor treated the clogged artery by poking a wire through the blockage and inserting a stent.

God tells us that the illness with the human race is sin. As our great physician, he knows we need a Savior. The only way to treat the problem of sin is to receive Jesus, God’s Son, as our Savior—he died in our place to pay the debt of our sin. As we confess our sins and declare Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we receive new, eternal life.

Do you trust in God to save you through the finished work of Jesus Christ?

Father, thank you for the people in our life who show us the way to health and life. Thank you especially for providing the way to treat the problem of our sin. Grant us the humility to seek help and to entrust ourselves to your care and keeping. Amen.

About the author — John Kuperus

Since he was young, John Kuperus has had a passion that everyone would know Jesus. Spreading the good news that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15) is very important to him. To be better equipped for missions, John attended Reformed Bible College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He applied these skills with marketplace evangelism in a business he started in Sussex, New Jersey. This calling continued to follow him, so John attended seminary and became a minister in the Christian Reformed Church, serving a church in Ontario for eight years. Currently he serves as a missionary for Youth with a Mission (YWAM). He witnesses Jesus changing lives as people walk out of the darkness into the light. John is married to Helen, and they have seven children.

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