Last week during morning devotions, one of the teacher's shared a passage in Luke 7. There was a Pharisee named Simon who knew all the rules for his faith and all the rules for his culture, but he did not treat Jesus as he should have if he recognized who He was. Then there was a "sinful woman" who probably didn't know any of the things Simon did, but she acted out of love for Jesus. Then the teacher asked us: Are we teaching kids to know about Jesus or to know Jesus?
That's a pretty significant question!
But even bigger is HOW do you teach the difference? It's easy to share stories about Jesus. Knowing Jesus is harder - more personal.
I talked to my son about this after school that day. He could explain the difference between knowing Jesus and knowing about Jesus, but he had a harder time coming up with ways to know Jesus better.
So, how do you do it? How do you teach your kids to KNOW Jesus, rather than just know about Him?