As I’ve been thinking about the deceitfulness of good works in the life of the Christian and their relation to the Lord’s Supper, this quote from David Brainerd spoke volumes to me:

“When I had been fasting, praying, obeying, I thought I was aiming at the glory of God, but I was doing it all for my own glory–to feel I was worthy. As long as I was doing all this to earn my salvation, I was doing nothing for God, all for me! I realized that all my struggling to become worthy was an exercise in self-worship. I was actually trying to avoid God as saviour, and to be my own saviour. i.e. I was not worshipping him, but using him.”

– David Brainerd

via Take Your Vitamin Z: Good Works As Self-Worship.