David says in Psalm 16 verse 2:
2 O my soul, you have said to the Lord,
“You are my Lord,
My goodness is nothing apart from You.”
This is the perpetual state God wants us in, knowing, aware that our goodness is nothing apart from Him.
This is true in terms of our status, our position and our state, our condition.
Our virtuous, perfect status, position before God as His children, is only because of God’s goodness.
And our only hope of that status translating into our state, of not only being God’s children but actually behaving like God’s children, is again God’s goodness.
We have been saved by grace, and continue to be saved by grace.
We’re reminded of Jesus’ words in John 15
5 “…..apart from me you can do nothing.”
That’s where God wants us….always aware that apart from Him we can do nothing, that we are….totally dependent on Him.