Our Lord Jesus Christ is a wise builder of his church across generations and centuries. Each age has its own challenges, battles to fight, and truths to defend. He is forming his body the church over all the years until his return; no single age manifests the fullness of his life and grace. Each believer has his particular gifts, a measure of grace allotted to him, and a particular place in which to stand and serve the Lord (1 Cor. 7:17; 12:4-6), and the same is true of the church collectively. The church does not reach her perfection until the end.
The less we hold on to what we want, the happier we shall be. If we find our life – our way, what we want, the pleasures, recognition, security we crave – then we shall lose it. It is an odd rule of God’s world that if you live for yourself, you eventually lose everything that matters most. If you live for him, even if you seem to lose everything, you find and are given everything. Our Father gives us everything, when like his Son we become servants.