Q. Does God want his servants to be poor or wealthy when he says if you want to be his disciple deny yourself take and take a cross and follow me and also by saying we must store up riches in heaven not on earth where they will perish.
A. When Jesus said, “Take up your cross and follow me” (Matt. 16:24) He was telling us to put our own desires for our life to death and give our life to Him. This same thought is expressed in Romans 12:1-2. In Matt. 6:33 He promised if we do this He will take care of all our needs. In John 10:10 He said He came so we could have life and have it abundantly.
Storing up treasure on Earth is an indication of greed. What He wants is for us to be generous with what He’s given us. In that way we store up treasure in Heaven. He loves a generous giver (2 Cor. 9:7)and will use our generosity toward others to determine His generosity toward us (Luke 6:38). If we give sparingly we’ll be blessed sparingly, but if we give generously we’ll be blessed generously (2 Cor. 9:6). He said we will be made rich in every way so we can be generous on every occasion (2 Cor. 9:11).
The whole idea is that He has an unlimited supply of blessings available. When we pass along a portion of the blessing we’ve received He sends us more, and the more we pass along the more He will send us. In this way we’ll have an abundant life here and we’ll be storing up treasure in Heaven at the same time.