Changing our presuppositions concerning

the rich and the religious.

Another blessed afternoon was spent last Sunday as we had one team going out into one of Montreal’s wealthier neighborhoods. An amazing correlation was noted. Twelve bible sets and one Tanach were given in just one day. Similarly, on a previous outing, the same number of Bibles was also given out in one of Montreal’s religious neighborhoods. We live with many presuppositions.  We would normally think that the religious and the wealthy would claim they have it all and don’t need to add anything else to their lives. And while that was the declaration of quite a few from both these communities, nevertheless, the greatest number of bible sets in the least period of time saw their way into so many of these same two communities. How do riches and religion get reconciled? How can we mix the two? 1Timothy 6:17-19 gives us the solution:

Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be conceited and not to put their hope in the uncertainty of wealth, but in God, who richly provides all things for us to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works and to be generous and ready to share, treasuring up for themselves a firm foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.… The day was cold and the wind blew. Perhaps this might have contributed to the shortened conversation time at the doors. Nevertheless, we were blessed to share what warmth and comfort the Word could bring. Because this is a wealthy neighborhood, homes were quite large. In fact, one was gated but when our team passed by, the gate was opened and they had no trouble reaching the front door. “We have everything we need”, they said, when an appeal to take the Scriptures was made. Yes, indeed they do have everything that is needed for this life, but what of the one coming? At three of the homes, the team left the bible sets on the doorstep having been greeted by voices through the intercom system, instructing them that they would retrieve the bibles later on. Though some homes were closed to the offer, here was one which was not. At this home, there was an “Open House” sign planted on the front lawn. The house was for sale. When the team rang the bell, the woman who answered thought it was a prospective buyer but instead of selling, she actually bought into the best real estate possible; with the firmest foundation imaginable. The woman received the team’s words with thanks, took the set, the Isaiah 53 pamphlet and the prophecy bookmark. She asked for another set to give to friends of hers. Opened gate, open house, opened door, and most importantly an opened heart.
We came to one home, which though it sported a mezuzah, was owned by a Chinese individual. She spoke very little English. Her daughter came to the door and shared with us that they had just immigrated one month ago.  When a team member told them about Jesus, the daughter said that she nor her mother ever heard of Jesus. We will be returning there next week to give an all English bible and look into getting a bible in their native language. For all the other homes which did accept a bible, each received the set, took all the literature we offered and even thanked the team for the work they were doing. Proverbs 20:22 reminds us that the blessing of the Lord makes rich. And as a good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children (Proverbs 13:22) so we joyfully share in the inheritance that was given to us through the love and work of Yeshua the Messiah. No greater birthright can be had or enjoyed, both in this world and in the world to come.