The Seed Sower
Others have labored, and you have entered into their labors. -John 4:38
A man named John Chapman carried on a project in the early 1800s that is still bearing fruit today. He appeared one April morning in Licking Spring, Ohio, staked out a clearing, took some seeds out of a burlap bag that he always carried, and began to plant them. After building a fence around the plot, he departed as quietly as he had come. He then traveled through other towns in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan, and followed the same procedure.
When Chapman lived in Massachusetts, he had heard that only a few fruit trees existed in the Midwest, so he set out single-handedly to remedy the situation. Today this man is known by the name “Johnny Appleseed.”
Reflecting on John Chapman’s mission, an unknown author has written, “What the world needs are Christians who will be ‘spiritual Johnny Appleseeds,’ because men and women all around us are dying in sin. The Word of God is the seed that will give them life-food for their souls, gain for eternity, and beauty for ashes.”
As we sow the seed of God’s Word, let’s be just as industrious as Johnny Appleseed. Perhaps we will not see the results, but some will reap the fruit of our labors.
Sowing in the morning, sowing seeds of kindness,
Sowing in the noontide and the dewy eve,
Waiting for the harvest and the time of reaping-
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves. -Shaw
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