We are Christians entirely and only as a result of God’s grace. Grace is unmerited, undeserved favor. It is God’s kindness and graciousness toward humanity without regards to the worth or merit of those who receive it, and without their deserving it. Are you still trying to deserve grace?
Grace is something that comes to us entirely from God. It comes to us in spite of ourselves. Grace is not God’s response to anything in us! This is the point of Ephesians 2:5 when Paul says “Even when we were dead in trespasses made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)”. We were dead, that was our condition before grace came to us, a dead person cannot believe anything. This is why Paul says In Ephesians 2:8, "For by grace you have been saved," A literal translation of that reads, “By grace you have been saved completely in past time with the present result that you are in a state of salvation which persists through present time.”
Grace has no meaning unless people understand they are fallen sinners and that there is nothing in them that earns, merits or deserves salvation, and not only that, what we do deserve is hell. Most people don’t believe that about themselves.