“But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?” Galatians 4:9
If we’re hoping to gain spiritual merit through our good deeds we will only become enslaved to them. Coming to God requires the humility to acknowledge we can’t do anything to impress God or even gain his attention. We may say, “we have come to know God” but we only know him because he first awakened our hearts to his presence.