"Part of the message of Christ’s death, God’s sacrificing his own Son for humanity, is that even at our best and brightest, at our most spot-on and well-intentioned, we are incapable of being the people we would need to be in order to get to God. So I am more than just a person who sins; I am a sinful person. On my own I am fundamentally, unchangeably full of sin, no matter how good I try to get. My only hope for a future apart from my sin is to accept the one gift I can never deserve: Christ’s sacrifice."
Lisa Velthouse in Craving Grace