““Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;” (Matthew 6:19, NKJV)
Investments are important, but where you invest is particularly important. After a stock market crash, a young executive leaped from the 24th floor of his posh apartment building at 1 Wall Street. Sadly, whatever else was going on in his life, he had invested in money and it consumed him.
That is exactly the word Jesus used, which is translated “rust.” The word βρωσιζ describes food that is consumed. It describes utter destruction. Some early translations of this word was a worm consuming until there is nothing left.
But Jesus offered another investment. One that will last forever, a secure place to put your treasure—heaven.
“but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:20
Anything that we hold on to in this life, from money to property eventually will be utterly consumed—destroyed. Therefore we must put our investment in a secure place, one where we will never suffer loss.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21
The young investor had his treasure in an insecure place. His heart was with that treasure and when it was consumed, he was also consumed. When our hearts are focused on heaven, then we can, and will, never be consumed.