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This section describes how Christians can follow the call of discipleship through their daily life and work.

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Chapter A1 This section describes how Christians can follow the call of discipleship through their daily life and work. Everyone has a calling or 'vocation' from God to do good, to serve him and to serve others. The Latin word 'vox' means calling, which is where the word vocation originates. In the eyes of God, each vocation is as important as another, for example a surgeon would be valued by God as much as a bus driver would, although their salaries are significantly different. Discipleship is the word to describe followers of Christ, and as followers of Christ we have to learn from him. The word discipleship comes from a Latin word meaning 'learner'. To become a follower of Christ, you would have to repent, which means you would have to change your way of life for the better. Jesus was a teacher and his first followers learned from him. They also learned from his actions, which means they put their 'faith into action', by spreading the word of God and serving others. As vocations often result in having to make a sacrifice to a lesser or greater extent. ...read more.

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The first type of order is the contemplative order. This is when they live away from society in secluded areas so as not to be distracted by society. They live in enclosed orders and live a life of prayer and work for God. These nuns are self sufficient in that they grow their own food, and most are vegetarians although it is not compulsory. Some examples of contemplative nuns are the Poor Clares and the Carmelites. The Carthusians and the Cistercians are contemplative monk orders. I believe that a person would choose to be part of a Contemplative order because they feel they can have a true relationship with God. By being away from society they can reflect on their lives and praise God for the good in their lives. Others lead out their discipleship by becoming an apostolic nun or monk. They will lead a life of prayer but they also live in society for those in the community that are most in need. They could do things such as teaching, nursing and looking after the poor. Once a Christian chooses to be a nun or monk they have to make vows that they will stay true to God and their order. ...read more.

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In Luke 10:41, Jesus praised the example of Mary over Martha: "The Lord answered her, 'Martha, Martha! You are worried and troubled over so many things, but just one is needed. Mary has the right thing, and it will not be taken away from her." In this, Mary was listening to Jesus, whereas Martha was doing work. Also, other contemplative Christians may argue that love is the most important emotion in Christianity. , and love of God is beyond all other love. This is stated in 1 Corinthians 13:13. Christians that believe in a contemplative life taking priority may comment that God warns against abuses and excesses of the body, which can be so easily assumed in life. In 1Corinthians 12:1-3, it cautions that when we lead active lives, we can get distracted by material possessions or "lifeless idols". Contemplatives may argue that they also do important Christian work through offering intercessions, retreats, counselling and manufacturing goods. Jesus himself turned to prayer, especially in times of need. Contemplative Christians may state that they are simply following Jesus' actions. In my opinion, I believe that an active role is an important aspect of a Christian life, although a combination of both prayer and work to God is possible through being a member of an Apostolic Order. ...read more.

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