We can be intentional in our efforts to build a stronger faith and take on the character of Christ. But what is it worth when the motivation of our heart is pride? God called Christ to climb up on that tree for everyone. If Christ scanned the crowd as He dragged the cross through the streets He wouldn’t have found one of us who was worthy of His sacrifice. That is the point… not one of us is worthy of receiving our salvation. Our salvation is not determined upon what we have or have not done but rather what Christ accomplished for us.
‘Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of the disciples a yoke that neither we nor our fathers have been able to bear? No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are’ Acts 15:10-11.