For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, (Ephesians 2:8, NKJV)
In his autobiography, Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of the Kentucky Fried Chicken chain of stores says that he was always a God-fearing man. In every venture he had always given God a tenth of his profits. Yet he knew that if he died, God probably wouldn’t take him to Heaven.
One day, Sanders was walking down a street in Louisville, Kentucky, when he met a pastor who invited him to his services. Several days later, Sanders went. At the age of 79, he claimed God’s promise "that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9, NKJV).
"When I walked out of that church that night I knew I was a different person. All my tithing and good deeds had never given me the sense of God's presence that I knew then." he says.
"This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" (2 Corinthians 5:17, NLT)