Elsewhere in the Anglican Communion it is called Vocation Sunday. A reminder that our calling is not what we do, but whose we are in this life. As followers of Jesus that calling carries us into the marketplace and neighborhoods in which we live. It is not something that is confined to the walls of a church building, but rather flows from His Church into the world throughout the week.
Your vocation and mine are shaped by hearing and responding to Jesus. Our calling to follow Him and discover abundant life, a theme on Sunday we will explore, is what gives us hope in this life and for the next. Hearing and responding to Him gives us direction and purpose, and comes through times in God’s Word, in prayer, and in community through the Church. Equally important in our calling is not only to follow and respond to His voice ourselves, but to model to others how to listen and respond to Him as well. Many in our communities and workplaces wander aimlessly in pursuits and desires that leave them lost, in fear, hurting, and without a shepherd.
This week as we reflect upon this image and as our kids interact with sheep after worship to drive home the theme we don’t easily grasp in our culture, we are called to discover and rediscover that the Good Shepherd, Jesus, purposes we find abundant life in Him daily. A journey that leads us to green pastures with Him forevermore on the other side of the veil in eternity, but one that begins today and enrolls others in that journey also. Might I suggest this week that you read and reflect upon Psalm 23 anew each night. One great teacher in the faith by the name of Dallas Willard shared it was his practice nightly to recite it before bed to put all things back in perspective at the end of the day and to call him back to the promise of abundant life found through following Jesus.