We have a tendency to think our goodness will somehow play into our salvation. Our goodness actually hinders our salvation. In Romans it says, “For being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God” (Romans 10:3 ASV).
The religious leaders of that time did not know about God’s righteousness. They tried to establish their own righteousness by keeping the law. In trying to do so they never got under God’s grace. That is the only place we will ever find a righteousness that is pleasing to God. Are you under His wing of grace?