The covenant of grace has made a relationship with God possible for every believer. This is not the same as simply following religious protocol. There is a difference between devotion and love for Christ, versus service and work for Christ. They are both important, and we must strike a balance between the two. Serving others is definitely something we should do; however, we cannot do so with the right motives unless we first have a personal relationship with, and a love for, Jesus. As important as good works are, devotion to Christ is more important. Regardless of how admirable something looks on the surface, our works will not matter to God unless Jesus is the motivation behind them..