Jesus in teaching on the sermon on the mount said in Matthew 6:19-21, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” May we consider for a few moments these great thoughts given to us by Jesus.
First, Jesus did not deny that there are treasures here on earth. Treasures are things that are valuable, costly, things of worth. But the problem with earthly treasures is that they are temporal, at best. Jesus points out that moth and rust can corrupt our earthly treasures, or a thief can break in and steal them from us. Cars, tractors, motorcycles and such, are things that rust out, wear out and tear up, soon making them old and useless. All our nice clothes that we put in our closets and store away in chests, can be lost, by moths eating holes in them and ruining them. And things like gold and silver, which are valuable, rust does not corrupt them nor do moths eat them, but thieves can break through and steal them from us.
Yet when we think about treasures in heaven, they are things that last forever, they are eternal in nature. Moth and rust cannot corrupt the treasures of heaven, nor will there be any thieves in heaven to steal them from us. This is why it makes better sense to spend more time and energy, and set our priorities in striving to lay up treasures in heaven. What do we deem most valuable? For what do we regard and count the more valuable, treasures here on earth or treasure in heaven? And what ever our treasure is, that is where our heart will be also.