Doing good things—God things—is not a matter of choosing to do them, it’s a matter of surrendering to God’s will for our lives, and allowing Him to work through us. And, if there is any glory to be attained, it should be His, not ours. When we understand God’s love, and realize that all he requires of us is to love Him, we will be in His will, and all we are and do will have His love at its core. We will then be—as He created us—in His image.
If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:3