“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.” - 1 Timothy 1:12, 13.
St. Paul said he was called into the ministry because God counted him faithful. It is one's heart condition, which must be right with God, and one's ability by God's grace to translate the vital beliefs and the high ideals of Christianity into practice that are of greater importance than our verbal confession of the faith. (James 2:22-26) Those who count themselves as true worshippers must believe that God called them because they love truth and righteousness by His grace. Those who say they believe in Jesus Christ and understand the will of God but do the opposite of what they claim to believe are hypocrites. A good number of the religious leaders of the Jews in the time of Christ were like that hence our Saviour stated that since they sat on Moses' seat: “All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not....” (Matthew 23:2-4) Those who are crafty and insincere in the practice of the faith will not see life. Scripture says, “Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water? Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb. So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish: Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.” - Job 8: 11-14.