All of us deserve nothing but God's judgment, but He loves us so much that He laid down His life for our sins. He paid the price ... His precious Blood ... so there remains no price for us to pay. We don't have anything good enough, cannot do any kind of work good enough, to get our salvation on our own.
But salvation is ours without works. It's FREE! We cannot brag that we are saved by any work that we have done.
When you work, you pay is not given to you as a gift. You earn the pay you get by working for it. You cannot do any work that will make you right with God, deserving of your salvation with Him.
You have to trust in God, and He accepts your faith. This is what makes you right with Him.
Reverend Robert W. & Mary C. Butler