See the Need, Take the Lead

Charlie Chim
I Timothy 6:18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate.

I truly believe that if we were to take a survey in our church, we could come to find that most of our members indeed want to see God do a mighty work in our church.  The kind of work that we couldn’t explain.  A work that we couldn’t take the credit for.  A work that could only come from God Himself.  As much as most of us would love to see God do a great work, the desire usually stops there.

In other words, many Christians want to see God do something, but usually wait for others to make it happen.  Perhaps it’s because coming up with ideas is much easier than working the ideas and bringing it to pass.  I Timothy 6:18 reminds us to put an emphasis on being both “willing” and “ready” to do that which is right.

Have you ever heard the phrase, See the need, and take the lead?  This goes along with our text verse and this is also what being a fruitful, contributing member is all about.  This is what having the “Here am I, use me” mindset is all about.

Undoubtedly, as we attend church week in and week out, we will see needs in our church—in all ministries of our church.  We will see opportunities in our church.  We will see areas of weakness in our church.

It is then up to us to help fill those needs, or take advantage of those opportunities to help strengthen the areas of weaknesses within our church.  However, often times, the desire to be the one to step up to the plate and contribute doesn’t always follow.

I think about David in I Samuel 17:29, “And David said, what have I now done? Is there not a cause?”  David was asked by his father Jesse to bring food to his brothers that were at the battlefield. Upon his arrival, David was able to witness Goliath defying the armies of God and also mocking them.  While the whole army of Israel trembled in fear, young David allowed what he saw to bother him.  Apparently, what he saw and heard was enough to move him to those famous words in verse 29.
Unfortunately, his brother Eliab thought he was just there to be nosy.  David made it clear that because of the fact that the freedom of Israel was on the line, and the fact that Goliath was challenging the armies of the living God—there definitely was a cause for him to be there.

In addition to that famous statement, David also followed up by not only “seeing the cause” but also being willing to be the one to take the challenge.  David came to a point where he saw the need for someone to step up to the plate and defend Israel, and more importantly, he also arrived at the place where he asked himself, “Why not me?”  

As we all know, David volunteered to be the one to face Goliath in a death match.  Through the power and protection of God, David was able to prevail against the giant and as a result, delivered the children of Israel from the hand of the Philistines.  This is a great example of seeing the need and taking the lead.  

Sometimes, the number of people willing to lead does not compensate for the number of needs we have.  Jesus said it best in Matthew 9:37-38, “Then saith he unto his disciples, the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”  It would seem that when considering the amount of needs the work of God will have, there will always be a need for leaders.  

I Timothy 6:18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate.

Charlie Chim

Bro Chim and his wife joyfully serve the Lord together as he teaches the Foundations Adult Bible Class. They have five amazing children. Bro Chim serves the Lord full-time as the principal of Pacific Baptist School.

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