As usual , there will be critics who question the sanity and morality of New Creation Church members who collectively gave such a huge amount at such short notice (one week) for the one-north project. One facebook acquaintance of mine called our giving "a kind of self-centredness" and asked "what must have been on the givers' minds?".
I wonder what is on the critics' minds? I'm guessing that they are probably thinking the same thing which Jesus' disciples did two thousand years ago:
Matthew 26: 6-9
6While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, 7a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. 8When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. "Why this waste?" they asked. 9"This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor."
Why this waste? The mypaper writer implied as much when she compared our miracle seed collected with the President's Challenge collection. Is it a waste?
Jesus himself answered his own disciples:
"Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her."
Did Jesus sound heartless to you? Does Jesus not care for the poor? Of course not! What Jesus is saying is that there is always time and opportunity to help the poor but there is only a window of opportunity to do something special for Jesus. Jesus said the woman poured the perfume on him to prepare him for burial. Did the woman know it? No, she did not but she listened to her heart and worshiped Jesus by anointing him with very expensive (worth a year's wages) perfume.
After Jesus was crucified and buried, three women bought spices and went to the tomb to anoint Jesus' body but what they found was an empty tomb (Mark 16). They were too late. They had missed the window of opportunity. Only the woman who poured the perfume on Jesus before his arrest and subsequent crucifixion enjoyed that privilege, and in the process, she is remembered forever, whenever the gospel is preached throughout the world.
Is the one-north project on the same level as what the woman did for Jesus? I don't know, probably not but I do know that it represents a window of opportunity for us, New Creation Church members, to do our part in building a house of God. I believe that this house which we build will be a beacon of light attracting people from all walks of life to come out of darkness and into the light of Christ.
It is our privilege to give during this window of opportunity. Once the one-north project is completed, the window is closed; it will be too late for you to play a part, just like the three women who faced the empty tomb.