Your works don’t save you. We may have heard that, but it is very true. Read Galatians 3:1-4.
You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain-if indeed it was in vain?
Galatians 3:1-4 NASB
The people of Galatia knew and understood the importance of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. They’d experienced the saving grace themselves when they asked Christ to forgive them and come into their lives and lead them. However, now they were trying to live the Christian life in their own strength and by their own works. Paul challenges that. He reminds them that they were not saved as a result of their works, therefore, they will never be able to live the Christian life by their own works. They will never be able to improve their position or increase their followership of Christ as a result of anything that they do.
Sometimes we recognize that Christ must come in and save us initially, and then we assume that we go about living the rest of our life in our own strength. Nothing could be further from the truth. We need Christ to save us. But, we also need Christ to be able to live every single day following him. Are we trying to live the Christian life on our own? If so, we will never see the results that God has for us because we cannot achieve them on our own. God must be living through us each day.