“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 NASB
“Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready. It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.“ Revelation 19:8
Although believers dress for their marriage to their Savior the Lamb in clothes composed of the righteous acts they have performed in life, these clothes were given to them by Another. In Ephesians, Paul might have said that it is God who makes appropriate “clothes” for us to wear.
I realize I can never please God in my own strength, never correct my own faults by self-improvement. So I rest in Him, and He works His will through me. He does perfectly what I have never been able to successfully do all my life. He empowers me for holy living, but it is still I who have to execute it, as I rest in Him. He lives His righteous life through me.
“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Galatians 2:20
Using a hand-in-glove analogy, God is the hand doing the good works He intended us to do, and we are the glove through which He does good things in His world. Our job is to let Him do that.