Over the weekend i happened to attend a ordinatio sacerdotalis in other words priestly ordination and my elder brother was being ordained as a priest. I have never in my entire life seen him so content and happy. i could tell from his bold smile and talkativeness, usually he is very quite and humble, that he was happy and had found his calling. His beautiful new priestly robe made me imagine myself in that beautiful white wedding gown some day and it made me wonder, do we always answer to our calling? Have you ever at one time prayed that God will show you your vocation or does it come so automatically?
Let us first define a vocation. A vocation is a strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation. Sometimes we follow our parents wishes, may be they want you to be a doctor but instead your wish is to be a photographer. The word of God in Ephesians 4:1 says: As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Paul spoke this words while He was a prisoner. He urged all christians to live a worthy life of the calling they have received from Christ Jesus. While Paul was being persecuted for answering God’s call, he never at one time had regrets or felt that the suffering was too much that he could stop being a follower of Christ and a teacher of the Word.
Most of the time is when we wake up and start going around our business without prayer. We go to work and just hope the day is over. We easily get tired even before tea break at 10.00 am on a Monday and you start wishing you can go home and do something else. That is NOT your vocation. Perhaps you are just there for the money and you are not happy. In jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. This is a promise that God made to His people, and you are His and as we all know, God always fulfils His promises although sometimes we are impatient and we fail to wait on Him.
In John 15:16 “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you”. God appointed you personally to do that thing that you love most. HE might have appointed someone else on the same job as you but He gave you something so unique that HE did not give to that other person. Am sure God did not give you a Vocation and let you and your family sleep hungry and have no shelter or your kids fail to go to school. God gave your job that will bear fruits that will last forever. Do not be content with easy money, it never lasts. Work hard for the things you want and your hardwork will flow in your generations to come.
Pray for your kids to find their calling. Don’t ever force anyone to do what they do not love to do because at the end of the day thier happiness is equal to your happiness and no matter how fulfilled you may fill because that someone is working and earning well, you will not be happy if they are not happy. Pray also for your vocations and be ready to help others who need your help in their vocations. Be like the disciples of Jesus, like Apostle Paul, who even when they were persecuted for answering God’s call did not give up on their vocations. Vocations are not just in the church, not about being a priest or a sister, marriage is also a vocation, photography,sports, teacher, accountant or what else you want to be glorifying God in all our vocations.
Answer GOD’S call and be ready to do what He tells you to do because many are invited but few are chosen Mathhew 22:14.
Be wise and not otherwise