But the foundation God has laid is solid. On it is written, “The Lord knows who his people are. So everyone who worships the Lord must turn away from evil.”
In a large house some dishes are made of gold or silver, while others are made of wood or clay. Some of these are special, and others are not. This is also how it is with people. The ones who stop doing evil and make themselves pure will become special. Their lives will be holy and pleasing to their Master, and they will be able to do all kinds of good deeds.
2 Timothy 2:19-21
What happens when you repent? When you decide to stop doing evil things and actually follow through on that commitment you are enabled by God to do all kinds of good things! If you don't repent then your own sin hinders you from doing the good that you desire!
If you were thirsty and went to get a glass to hold some water, what would you do if all the glasses were dirty? Well obviously you would look for a clean glass, and if you could not find one you would wash a glass before you would use it for a drink of water.
As a follower of Jesus, if you don't repent of the evil things that you do, then you will be like a man trying to get people to drink water out of a filthy glass. You will have little success and will wonder why no one seems interested in the Gospel.
But if you repent and let the Lord clean your life, then most folks won't notice your life at all. They will taste and see the Water of Life that only comes from Jesus!
Here is the problem: Many people try to do good deeds instead of repenting! Good works without repenting of your sins are like a cup of crystal clear spring water in a filthy glass! Don't be surprised if no one wants to drink it!
"Lord Jesus, give me the strength and determination to repent of my sins so that I may be able by Your power to do the things that bring Glory to Your Name and many sons and daughters to Your Throne! May You be praised forever. Amen."