Mary's Great Treasure
by the American Sunday-School Union
More than twenty years ago, there was a little
blue-eyed, curly-haired child playing about one of
the pleasant homes in the West. She was happy
and kind, and every one loved her. She was only
six years old, yet she had a great treasure in her
possession—greater than many of the kings and
queens of the earth can claim.
What do you suppose this treasure was? Was it
a valuable diamond? Was it an immense amount
of silver and gold? Something better than diamonds
or silver and gold, was in this little girl's
keeping—something which will be safe when these
have all perished.
I will tell you what this treasure was, because I
want you to be as rich as Mary, and, through the
great goodness of God, you may all have just such
a precious gift. It was a new heart—a heart that
loved her heavenly Father, that loved to pray to him
and ask him to keep her from sin.
Mary often talked with her companions about
Jesus, and before she was ten years old several of
them had been brought to love and obey him, and
had, like Mary, a new heart. How happy they were
together! How much the Saviour loved them!
Mary is now dead, and has gone to heaven. Do
you suppose she is sorry she so early went to Christ
and asked him for a new heart?
How pleasant it must have been to her to be able
to say, as she looked back over her past life, that
she could not remember the time when she did not
love the Saviour; and she surely does not now
regret, that when she was a little child—less than
most of you who are reading about her—she went
to Jesus and asked him for a heart to love him.
Our heavenly Father will give you a new heart,
if you really wish to have it and feel your great
need of it. Jesus died that you might be saved
from sin, and he loves little children. Will you not
go to him, as did Mary, and ask him for a new
heart? If you are sorry for your sins, tell him so;
and if you are not, ask him to help you to feel how
wicked sin is, that you may have the "great treasure."