1 Corinthians 3:10-15
“According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it.”
Even projects that we conceive of, create, and build ourselves only have so much time until they get passed on to someone else to manage. It’s simply the nature of big projects that no individual can control them for very long. How much more so with a collective endeavor like the Church?
And this is perfectly fine. In fact, it’s a very good thing that new generations are called to continue work begun in the past, provided that the foundation is strong and that we are true to it. Communities that forget their true foundation are the ones that fall apart and fade away. The foundation of the Christian church is Christ, both the historical person and his teachings, and the living presence of God that is active in the world today.
Paul teaches us that as long as we are true to the true foundations of our faith, we can pass on the task to the next generation, with confidence.