• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Meaning of Vocation

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

RE Coursework Part A1 The word vocation has it's origins from the Latin word 'voca' meaning 'to call'. For Christians, this calling is from God. They are called to fulfil a specific role by becoming a disciple of Jesus through his Church, either by being lay or ordained. They follow and apply his calling to their everyday lives. This is what Jesus told the first disciples, "If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me". They had to follow Jesus' example and teachings. To be like him, they had to be willing to sacrifice everything for God, just as Jesus did. I.e. lose their lives so that they could find it. Lay people are baptised members of the Church, who do not belong to any religious order or congregation and are not ordained. ...read more.

Middle

This requires obedience, trust and faith. In Matthew 19: 16-22, a rich man told Jesus that he had followed all the commandments and asked what else he needed to do to achieve eternal life in heaven. Jesus told him, "Go, sell your possessions and give the money to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me". Jesus asked the man to renounce the wealth which was so important to him so that he could follow Jesus fully, without distractions, but he was unable to do this. An everyday example of this is when you get married. The partners devote themselves to each other and forget their own needs and desires to become closer to one another. Another example is when a person decides to become a priest. ...read more.

Conclusion

Follow me means that Jesus expects his disciples to carry out his teachings and examples in their everyday lives. To follow him is to show the presence of him to other people. In Luke 5: 27-29, Levi, a tax collector, is sat at his tax booth. Jesus approaches him and asks Levi to follow him. He immediately gets up and leaves everything to follow him. This shows that Jesus' disciples must be ready to give up everything for his call, in complete faith and trust. An everyday example of this is when we fast during Lent, to remember when Jesus spent 40 days and nights in the desert, being tempted by the devil. We give something up to become closer to God. Another example is caring for the sick. We listen to God's call and we respond by going to visit those who are ill and need comforting during a difficult period. ?? ?? ?? ?? - 1 - ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miscellaneous essays

  1. GCSE RS Coursework

    It works with local partners in over seventy countries17 trying to help the powerless. It also works in places of emergencies where there is need of medical supplies, food and blankets, transport and it always tries to help, support and feed the refugees.

  2. miracles coursework

    Also when the Jewish elders came to Jesus they told Jesus that the centurion loved the Jewish people and even built a synagogue for them. This made Jesus realise that the centurion was good so he agreed to heal the servant.

  1. Re coursework

    The baby is handed back to the couple. * Embryo donation - When both the egg and sperm come from donors and the fertilised with IVF. * GIFT (Genetic Intrafallopian Transfer)

  2. Every person is unique

    Pacifists will refrain from any violence whatsoever but other Christians in certain circumstances choose to fight. Donald Soper & Walter Wright "The real essence of the Christian life is not in the success but in faithfulness" One of Donald Soper's phrases.

  1. Jesus' Teaching on Satan and the Demons

    Mastema, who urged God to test Abraham through the sacrifice of Isaac, is identical to Satan in both name and nature. Asmodeus is also identified with him, in view of his decadence. Other references to Satan in the Apocrypha are difficult to identify because the originals with his name have

  2. Disciples are called on a vocation to serve God. To fulfil this vocation, disciples ...

    This involves passing the message on by showing certain actions- for example: teaching or caring for the sick. The term 'renounce self' means giving up self. Renounce self is a form of sacrifice which Jesus used with his first disciples, and therefore every member of the Catholic Church should do this.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work