A Simple Lesson from Johnny Appleseed
When you think of Johnny Appleseed (who’s real name was John Chapman), most of us think of an overall-clad man with a pot on his head spreading apple seeds and singing “The Lord is good to me, and so I thank the Lord…”. At least that’s what I think of. But what I don’t think about was who Johnny actually was.
And it’s in looking at who is was that we can glean this simple, but meaningful lesson:
Johnny was a man who used something he loved to do to bring glory to God.
Johnny didn’t get the name “Appleseed” just because. He really did like apples! And he really did like spreading and sharing apples with others. He grew up on a farm and fell in love with apple orchards. So when he heard about other farmland, he left home to pursue that and share his love of apples with others.
But his mission didn’t just stop at sharing apple seeds and seedlings. He used his God-given passion as a vessel for sharing the Gospel. Now, from what I’ve read, I’m a little unclear as to the soundness of Johnny’s gospel that he shared, but the point is that he was able to have the opportunity to speak about eternal things because he helped fill a temporal need.
So how can you be your own Johnny Appleseed on your own frontier? What passions has God given you? How can you use them to open doors to share the Gospel? You see, God has uniquely gifted you to be a “missionary” to those around you. But first you’ve got to figure out how. And then be willing to do it!