Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said,'' Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.'' And Jesus answered and said to her, ''Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. ''But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.'' Luke 10: 38-42
Mary had found her treasure in the relationship that was being built by getting to know Jesus. Martha, like many church members and professing Christians today are busy about many things: building ministries, promoting books, tapes, videos and their own agenda but have neglected the good part, knowing Jesus.
Millions go to church week after week, listen intently, take notes and then go home and forget everything they heard until next week when they repeat the same old dead ritual. Having a healthy relationship with someone involves communication and quality time spent getting to know the individual.
Jesus was a friend of Mary, Martha and Lazarus, He spent time with them and ate and had fellowship with them in their home. Mary had a deep love for Jesus, recognizing Him to be the Son of God and spending as much time as she could getting to know all about Him.
Mary was the one that anointed the Lord with oil and washed His feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. She had found her treasure in the relationship she had with Jesus and He became a close friend of their family. When Lazarus became ill the sisters called for Jesus trusting that He would come and heal him.
Jesus got the message but delayed His arrival for two more days and when He finally got to Lazarus' home he was dead. It is interesting that when Martha heard that Jesus was coming that she ran to meet Him, but Mary sat in the house. Martha told Jesus upon His arrival that if He had been there her brother would not have died.
Jesus said to her, '' I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. '' And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this? Martha said to Him,'' Yes Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, Who is to come to the world. John 11: 25,26
Martha gave her life to Jesus and out of this family relationship with the Son of God one of the greatest miracles of His ministry was performed, the raising of Lazarus from the dead. Lazarus, Martha and Mary all gave their lives to the Savior, counting this relationship more valuable than any treasure on earth.
Is Jesus your treasure or are you putting your trust in your riches and abilities? Jesus is the ''Pearl of Great Price''. The most valuable commodity on the planet is to know Him as Lord and Savior. The Apostle Paul said, '' He counted all things as dung for the sake of knowing Christ. In other words nothing on the planet compared to the wealth of knowing Jesus Christ in a personal and intimate relationship. Is He your treasure?
''And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. '' For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. ''But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. Do not fear little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. ''Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. ''For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.''