Right standing with God is found by placing our faith in the faithfulness of Jesus. We can never work for our salvation. We can only receive and rest in the saving grace that Jesus extends to us through his sacrificial death and resurrection. On the cross Jesus took upon himself our broken record of sinfulness and shares with us his perfect record of righteousness. Faith in Jesus means to receive forgiveness and enter into the new life that God has for every person.
Romans 4:1-5 (NLT) "Abraham was, humanly speaking, the founder of our Jewish nation. What did he discover about being made right with God? If his good deeds had made him acceptable to God, he would have had something to boast about. But that was not God’s way. For the Scriptures tell us, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners." (Read all of Romans 4 here)