Our fundamental sin-filled selves are always seeking to be our own god (idolatry) – It’s my life and I’m in charge of it. People who rise above and succeed in forging their own path can be very inspiring too!
Luther on the Epistle to the Galatians
Our faith in Christ moves us towards good works, but those works do not earn us salvation. I simply can’t live up to God’s holy standards without Jesus’ death on the cross redeeming me… and you too!