"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God." Ephesians 2:8
When asking people about their relationship with the Lord, one answer I hear most often is, "I'm trying to get right with God". They talk about trying to do better. They talk about trying to get close to God. They talk about trying to be saved. Salvation is not something we "try" to do. We don't work at getting saved. Trying to do better is not good enough to be saved. Our good works won't get us closer to God. There is only one thing that we can do to get right with God, to get close to Him, to be saved- that is to put our faith in Jesus Christ as Savior.
Jesus said that He was the Way that leads to eternal life. The path of good works is not the way. Jesus also said that He was the Door that gave access to the Father. Trying to do our best does not get us close to Him, going through Jesus does.
We can try all we want but our own strength, works or good behavior will not make us right with God. When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, they discovered that they were naked. They tried to cover their nakedness by sewing fig leaves together. That didn't work. God had to provide the proper clothing that would take care of their problem. God is still the One who can make the provision for the sin issue in our lives. What they created to cover themselves wouldn't work. The things that we try to use to cover ourselves will not work either. All your good works and deeds and trying to do better will not take care of it. Only God's provision will--- His Son.
So stop "trying" to get right with God through your own goodness, you can't. But you can get right with God if you will put your faith and trust in His Son Jesus as your Savior.
Have a great day. Trying to get right with God through doing better will not work. You get right with Him through faith in Jesus.
For further reading:
John 14:6; 10:9; 3:36
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