KIDS: Godtime Cards from September 4

Posted by Caity Shinnick on

There really is SO much to know! But one of the great things about Jesus was the way He seemed to be able to take many complicated issues and simplify them down to what really matters. In fact, while He was on earth, Jesus took over 600 Jewish laws and simplified them down to two. He said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." And "Love your neighbor as yourself." That's it. Everything we need to know—everything we need to put into practice—comes back to these two things.

Have you ever stopped to think about how Jesus didn't just teach the great commandment? He really lived it as well. In fact, we believe that He started living this way from the very beginning. The Bible only gives us one story and one comment on the life of Jesus from the time of his birth until He began His ministry at 33. The story tells us that Jesus spent time in the temple studying God's Word, and from that time, He grew in His relationship with God, in His ability to make wise choices, and in his ability to love others. (Luke 2:52)

This month as we talk about knowledge, we aren't just talking about learning more or gathering more information. We are talking about really understanding what's important to know. You might say it this way: It's not how much you know, it's what and who you know that really matters! When we look at the life of Jesus, we believe that there are three main things that we need to know. It just so happens that these things are the foundation of the 252 Basic curriculum. So join us as we spend some time talking about the basics: I can trust God no matter what. I need to make the wise choice. And I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

This month, let's think about how:
1) God created knowledge and exemplifies it.
2) God instills that virtue in us as He shapes us to be more like Him.
3) God uses that virtue in us to influence our families, friends, & neighbors.

Remember: A virtue is something God does in us to change the world around us.

As others notice the virtue being lived out in our lives, we have more opportunities to tell them about God. As they come to trust God, they'll influence others as well. See the cycle?

This week, we learned about the time that Jesus spend studying God's Word in the temple, from Luke 2:41-52. Our Bottom Line is: Since God knows everything, I should discover what God says. We can share our knowledge about what God says with others and they can see how it changes our life for the better—in building a stronger relationship with God and also in making wiser choices and loving others even more. Jesus is our best example, so we'll learn what happened in His life from 12 years old to 33, in our memory verse—Luke 2:52.

"And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man." Luke 2:52

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