[God] will render to each person according to his deeds: to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, [he will render] eternal life. (Romans 2:6–7)
What it means to “seek glory and honor and immortality” needs explaining.
The first thing to say is that it is a good thing, indeed it is a necessary thing, to “seek glory and honor and immortality.” Seek it. Want it. Pursue it. Crave it. Love it. Desire it more than you desire any earthly thing. That is the point.
Don’t be a listless, apathetic, sluggish person when it comes to spiritual things. And if you are like that, then intensify your prayers that God would ignite your heart with the preciousness of glory and honor and immortality.
Are you fascinated by the daily news? Then ask God to help you transpose that fascination into glory and honor and immortality.
Are you eager to have kids home for Christmas? Then ask God to help you transpose that eagerness into glory and honor and immortality.
Do you watch the stock market to see how your investments are doing? Then ask God to help you transpose that desire for money into desire for glory and honor and immortality.
That’s the point: Seek it. Eternal life is given to those who seek glory and honor and immortality, not to the spiritually indifferent.