Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.-----Ephesians 2:8-9
SALVATION is a GOD-THING, part of HIS plan for the masterpiece of His creation, mankind, and as very plainly stated in these two verses of Scripture, it is not by the good things WE have done, but by the GRACE of our LOVING, COMPASSIONATE, CREATOR!
SALVATION is NOT a REWARD for the good works we have done. If that was the case, then the agony and suffering of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross would have been in vain, and SALVATION would be a SALVATION of the works of mankind, which we know was NOT a part of God's plan.
Because our righteousness is like stinky, filthy, putrid rags before the HOLY, RIGHTEOUS GOD, SALVATION BY WORKS would not have been sufficient enough to provide mankind with an eternity in Heaven, with God the Father, and God the Son. We would fall SHORT and be doomed, and furthermore, we surely couldn't BOAST about what we have done.
I am SO thankful for the GRACE of a merciful, loving God who is ABLE to offer us HIS gift of SALVATION according to HIS plan!
If you are trying to WORK your way into God's Family, STOP! You can ONLY obtain HIS gift by: CONFESSING your sins to God and asking for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING that Jesus died for YOU and is ALIVE in Heaven making intercession for you before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION. Do it NOW, while you STILL can. He's waiting!!