The only effort that I can make that will result in eternal value is that of dying to self and full surrender to Jesus Christ.
"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me." Gal 2:20
"And he who does not take up his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it" -Jesus (Matt 10:38&39)