Feb 7, 2017

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Invitation to Vocation

Invitation to Vocation

“And Jesus answered and spoke to them again in parables, saying, ‘the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited …’” (Matthew 22:1-3)

When you get an invitation, don’t you open it with anticipation? Who is it from? What is the occasion? Will you attend? Where our heart is centred determines how we respond to the invitation. When our heart resonates with the giver of the invitation, we respond happily and immediately say, “yes.” When women are asked, “Will you marry me?” we similarly respond to a human proposal based on the desires of our heart and we become human brides. Are you aware that the Bible says, “As the Lord your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom to which my Lord has not sent to seek you?” (1 Kings 18:10) My spiritual vocation – in which I am only very much a beginner- is to seek God’s kingdom and in seeking God’s kingdom, and in turn discovered that God had already found me, I choose to make Christ my partner in the spiritual realm. The key I believe is found in our prayer life and in allowing the Holy Spirit to transform our heart and to “Set your hearts on His kingdom first… and all these things will be given you as well.”(Matthew 6:33) I would call this hoped for state spiritual marriage. The more we set aside time for prayer, by closing our minds to everything outside of God, and being alone solely with Him, and by listening to Him, the more we discover that God is with us, and lives within us, at all times and in all places.

Personal or Bible Study Discussion Questions:

1)      Have you also thought about having a spiritual vocation? If so, what is it?

2)      If you have a spiritual vocation, how is the Holy Spirit transforming your life? How do you know you are changing? How do you feel about that change?

3)      I am sure that some people cannot fathom what I am talking about. Does what I am saying make any sense to you at all? If not, why not? If it makes sense, are you also moving in this direction? I would be interested in hearing about your own experiences, if you wish to write to me.

4)      Listen to/speak with God directly or with others about your own desire for a deep spiritual life. What is God or others saying to you about your spiritual vocation?

5)      I have seen a very few people who seem to have an aura around them. They seem to radiate love and peace. This may result in total strangers asking that person to pray for them. Do you ever or sometimes have total strangers ask you to pray for them?

Written by Heather Whitehouse, Ontario 1stVP/Chaplain, The King’s Daughters and Sons, February, 2017

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