He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality.
As Mary stands crying outside of Jesus’ tomb, Jesus asks, “Whom are you seeking?” It is a big question. Jesus knows what He is seeking. He is seeking and saving those that are lost. Jesus is seeking the will of His Father. What are you seeking?
Do you seek out glory, honor, and immortality? Of course, you do. Everyone does if they are being honest. It is not really a question of what we seek, but a question of who can provide that which we seek? What I try to accomplish on my own or through my own efforts is ultimately seeking self. It is a quick and simple trade. I trade the One that made me for the things He made. In turn I claim ownership and credit for the things only Jesus has access to. Somewhere, right now, there is a man driving down a road trying to move a mattress. He doesn’t have room in the car, so he is trying to hold that mattress down to the roof as he steers with the other arm. That way ends in destruction. It’s a good way to lose a mattress. Living our lives like this is a good way to lose our life altogether.
Instead, seek Christ. Don’t seek Him in a way that it is a chore. When you first met your future spouse, you were infatuated. There wasn’t enough time in the day to spend with them. You wanted to laugh and spend the rest of your life with them. We are the Bride. Jesus is the groom. Long to know Him more. Honor Him more than yourself and your way. That way ends in true glory.