Imagine yourself on a train called salvation express and it rides along the track called the sanctification trail. The moment you received Christ, you stepped on board. The train has one destination and that is Heaven. Now to imagine yourself trying to run the distance of the track is just silly cause after all the track not only goes over rivers and mountains but is also thousands of miles long.
This is just a story but so many Christians like my self many days try to run the track of sanctification in human energy.
Here are a few supporting scriptures
Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
John 15:4-5 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
Hebrews 4:1 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.
Hebrews 4:10-11 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.
Now “good deeds” as some call it are often a product of human effort but fruit is produced by the Holy Spirit. There is a difference in human good works and Spirit filled fruit.
One is the concept that fruit grows naturally out of the soil of a restful and assured heart. The other is a straining self effort of outward so called righteousness thats goal is to make ourselves feel good or feel less guilty because of who we are.
In Christ we do not need to strive for a righteousness that has already been paid in full. We just need to live it out.