Romans 4:11: “And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them.”
There have been a lot of discussions and debates throughout the history regarding importance of works and faith in our redemption. This topic is very important, because if you get it wrong your beliefs will be based on wrong theology. Paul starts with Abraham to prove his point that faith is the cause and works are the result. If you do not have faith and try to be righteous by means of your works you will not please God or be righteous. You have to believe. Works follow your faith, not precede them.
If you still insist on your good works I have to disappoint you, because the word of God says that our righteousness is like rags in his eyes. Do you want to be dressed in the rags of your self-righteousness or in a beautiful robe of God’s righteousness? If you want God’s righteousness you have to believe. God bless you.