This is talking to our ability to be sufficiently righteous for God's presence. Not that our desire to repent, fight sin and do good works count for naught. In the OT there was a divide in Hades. Those who repented and hated sin more then they liked it, were in Abraham's bosom. Not heaven, but not a mix of repentant sinner with unrepentant sinner. Or pedophile with little girl.