Performance Not Required
Here’s something people sometimes misunderstand: We can’t earn salvation by doing good– but salvation should produce good!
In other words, righteousness (the right-standing we receive from God at salvation) isn’t something we are working towards now or might someday attain because of our performance. It was automatic the day we first believed on Jesus in our heart and received salvation through Him.
The bottom line is this, if we could earn salvation through our performance (or wash our own sins away), then what was the point of Jesus’ death and resurrection?