“who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,” – 2 Tim. 1:9
God calls us with a holy calling. This call is not based on anything we do, but rather – on His Divine prerogative.
God actively iniatiates it all: He saves, calls, and gives grace via Jesus.
Oh, and by the way: this was done before time began.