When Joe Johnson was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in 1986 he didn’t realize the impact he would have. The following spring Joe spoke at an outreach breakfast. Jim Florada, an elderly man from Oneida, NY, attended and was moved by Joe’s testimony. He later expressed a desire to invite Christ into his life and asked if I would help him. In the meantime Joe Johnson was demoted to the Jays’ AAA team in Syracuse, NY. Joe agreed to meet with Jim, myself and teammate Don Gordon following a ballgame. In the early hours of the morning, Joe Johnson led Jim in the sinner’s prayer and he committed his life to Christ. God uses various people to sow the seed, others water it but it’s God who brings about the harvest. In this case, God used a pitcher to both sow the seed and see it come to fruition.
God only asks that we be sowers of the seed, His Word. He equips us to share the “good news” and provides countless opportunities to do so. Athletes have been given a unique platform from which to do this. Usually we hear of the one God uses to reap the harvest but others beforehand faithfully sowed and watered. Billy Graham’s name is recognized around the world but it was Mordecai Ham who led him to Christ.
I encourage you to pray for opportunities to sow the “good news” today. You’ll be amazed how God will orchestrate events and circumstances so that people are brought to Himself and He gets the glory.
“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.” – 1 Corinthians 3:6