Grace and Good Works are 2 sides of the same coin. They go together.
Only by Grace (through faith) will get us to Heaven, while Good Works will get us Rewards/Crowns in Heaven.
Eph 2:8-10 NET 8 For by GRACE you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 it is not from works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for GOOD WORKS that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.
Therefore, our two (2) key Goals while we still live here on Earth are:
1. To surely get to Heaven someday, forever – via God’s Grace alone through Faith in Jesus Christ only,
Joh 3:16 KJV For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever BELIEVEth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
2. To get Commendation and eternal Rewards/Crowns in Heaven from our Lord God Jesus Christ – via our Good Works here on Earth.
Mat 25:21 NET His master answered, ‘WELL DONE, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful in a few things. I WILL PUT YOU IN CHARGE OF MANY THINGS. Enter into the joy of your master.’
REMEMBER, God’s primary business here on Earth is to win souls of men and women for His kingdom. Let us therefore, share the Gospel of God’s Grace, make Disciples of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28: 19-20) who will also make Disciples in the future, while waiting for the Blessed Hope – when glorious Jesus Christ comes to bring us to Heaven, each of us with a glorified body, soul and spirit. (1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18).
IN SUM, you and I are SAVED by God’s GRACE, and you and I are eternally REWARDED by God for our GOOD WORKS here on Earth.
To GOD Be All Glory!