“It is not only priests and ministers who have a vocation. All Christians are called by God to use those gifts and characteristics and passions he has given them to further the work of his kingdom here on earth.”
– Emma Ineson from Chapter 2: Climbing, in Ambition: What Jesus Said About Power, Success and Counting Stuff
I have been so enjoying reading Emma Ineson’s book this Lent and participating in the discussions with such a wonderful group of people every Tuesday and Thursday.
This week, I was grateful to be reminded of this vital truth, highlighted in the quote above. That vocation (our calling) is not just for ordained people or those who work in the church. All of us have a vocation. Sometimes we have many vocations at the same time. Sometimes our vocations can shift throughout our lives. Sometimes (but not always), our vocations can include what we do for our jobs, being a parent, grandparent, or friend; it can include the volunteer work we do or our hobbies.
But there is a deeper level to vocation, I think, than just what we do and the roles we inhabit. Our vocation – God’s call to us – is about how we live in every situation, whether it is our passion or not. It is about asking and answering the question, how can I be the best (most humble, forgiving, loving, justice-seeking…etc.) follower of Jesus that I can be in this moment? How can I be the most faithful follower of Jesus that I can be as a neighbour, on a hike, at my job, or buying a coffee? What is God calling me to do and be when I am in danger, when I am angry, or when I am content and full?
This is not always easy work, but it is what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, to be yoked to his teachings and example. I am grateful to be part of a community where people wrestle with these questions and do their best to courageously answer their vocations in both big and small ways. May we continue to wrestle; may we continue to listen for and respond to the sweet voice of our Maker in our lives.
Thanks be to God!