What is Vocation?

Bishop Stephen writes:

At the heart of the gospel is Jesus' invitation to abundant life. And as a diocese we are committed to being a people fully alive. To respond to Jesus' invitation is about discovering our vocation: who and whose we are.

Through baptism, Jesus calls all of us to share in his ministry, in a way that only we can do. For some people this sharing in his ministry will come in the course of everyday life, in living out our faith at home and work.

For others, it can take the form of various ministries within the Church. God calls a variety of people to a range of roles and ministries, and I rejoice in this diversity, given for the building up of the body of Christ.

It is my hope and my prayer that you will know the wisdom and grace of God as you seek to discern and respond to his call.

Is God calling me?

The short answer is 'yes'. Each of us has a part to play in God's mission, which is to reconcile the world to himself. All Christians are called to grow in the likeness of Christ and to represent him in and to the world that others may come to know his light and love.

The primary calling of all Christians is given in baptism, where we are claimed as God's beloved children, and we 'put on' Christ (Galatians 3.27) as we die to sin and rise to new life with him. All of us are called to live out this new life in our daily lives, in love of God and neighbour.

Vocation in this sense takes as many forms as there are people, as each of us lives out the unique calling God has given to us.

What is yours?


The Revd Canon Anna Matthews

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The Revd Rob Taylor

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