Every one is born a sinner into this world. We do not become sinners because we sin. Rather we sin because we are born sinners. As the Psalmist said: Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me, Psalm 51:5. Every one of us, every child born is born a sinner and is born in a lost state before and deserves not to be saved.
There is no merit to obtain God's favour in any of us. There is not an ounce of goodness in any of us before God. Our own righteousnesses are as filthy rags in God's sight. Mankind may look upon their fellow creatures and extol ‘good’ traits of character that they may witness or observe. However, before God there is none good, no not one.
 God is always the sole 'actor' in salvation by grace alone. Grace does not require the co-operation of the sinner. Rather grace triumphs in a dead sinner’s heart and life, in spite of the stubborn, rebellious, wicked heart of the individual. God's sovereign grace is always efficacious, without any cooperation by the individual.
 No sinner can by any action of their own, acting under the influence of God's grace, cooperate with God to ‘merit’ greater grace for themselves. It would no longer be grace then. God acts alone to save the sinner and to bless and keep that sinner until they are brought home to glory. The responsibility to bring about salvation does not rest on the sinner to any degree. Even after regeneration no converted sinner ever merits any blessing. Salvation originates in grace and it continues in grace and it will conclude in grace.