God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Ephesians 2:8-9
Javier Sotomayer of Cuba currently holds the record for the men's high jump. Sotomayer jumped 8 feet and one quarter inches in 1993. His record is the longest standing record in the men's high jump. Bulgaria's Stefka Kostadinova has the longest held record in the women's high jump. In 1987, she cleared 6 feet 10 and one quarter inches.
These are amazing athletic feats. But let's really make it challenging. Suppose you set the bar at twenty feet and tried to clear it. You give it your best effort, however, each time you fail to propel your body over the bar.
So it is with our efforts to reach God.
God is perfect and His standard is perfection. Most of us have tried to earn our way to God.
But we are sinners. Our best effort on our best day falls short of God's perfect standard.
What are some of the things you have done to try to earn your way to God?
How has that worked out?