We are saved by grace, and we cannot do anything to earn salvation like how we work at a job and then expect to receive a paycheck.
Paul argued, “And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work” (Romans 11:6).
Working to earn our salvation and God saving us by His grace, cancel each other out. It is either one or the other.
Have you submitted to the grace of God for salvation?