Everything that you do to impress the Lord is works. Works do not impress the Lord. If you do it outside Jesus Christ, then it is works. If you do it outside faith, then it is works. A person who tries to do things by works is following a path of legalism. It is like climbing a ladder to get to God. That is a ladder that does not have an end, but if you keep going you could end up in hell. Get off now! Even if you do everything in the Bible or go to church every Sunday and do either without Christ, you are still on the legalistic path. The way to Jesus is that you come to Christ and surrender all of yourself and embrace Christ. That is the only path. Don't keep climbing! Go to Jesus. Deny yourself. Surrender to Christ. Follow Jesus.