Teach your children the priority of Jesus, Others, and You…. so one day God will put this way of living into their hearts.
In Matthew 22:36-39, Jesus is asked which is the greatest commandment. He answers by quoting both Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18. Matthew 22:37 says “And He replied to him. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. (Deut. 6:5) and verse 38…this is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it; You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Lev. 19:18
Jesus clearly gives this commandment to us to pursue. It is one of the most important teachings of Jesus that we should come to live out more fully each day.. Recently I was spending some time with my daughter and her family. Numerous times I heard her speak to one of her 4 preschoolers these words… “Remember J O Y (spelling out the letters) and what does that mean?” She would question him or her. Then the child would respond, “Jesus, others, and you.” My daughter would say, “Yes, Jesus first, others second, and you third.”. She was beginning early to teach her children these great commandments. As they would tousle over a toy or want to be first, they would be reminded of J O Y.
We all come into this world selfish and continue in that mode sometimes for a long time. It is a sin we constantly deal with; so to begin teaching this early to your children is so very wise. You will have to remind them often but then that is what training is, but awareness is given and truth is taught. Like all, your children will struggle with obeying this command but at times, hopefully and increasingly so , they will get it and will obey. It will be planted into their minds so one day God may plant it into their hearts.
It will also testify to those around who hear this mother teach her children a code that few in this world really ascribe to. It will also be a reminder to this young mom and to a grandmother who listens in, that we too must practice J O Y; Jesus, first… others, second… and you third.