When Jesus is the standard for the church, for the individual, and as the model, how could we move about any other way than realizing we still have a long way to go? To me, this is not discouraging. It has the opposite affect. What outrageous opportunities await each of us as man has not begun to enter the talents of God.
So get started and keep going.I've encountered wonderful experiences as well as blessings in the kingdom. The injuries we receive in service are mere speed bumps compared to His glory we view as He wows His people. God assures us in the earliest Corinthian letter that eye has not yet seen and ear has yet to hear what He has in store for those who love Him. That would be us!
Here's what happens then to His ministers, shepherds, and members in general. We live enthralled over what can be because of His want be. He wants awe today just as in Acts 2. God is not fading in interest or creativity. Neither are His followers. We don't sag. He wouldn't know of such an experience.
So facing all of us every day is the most gigantic possibilities yet known to believers. I think Elijah and Elisha and other Old Testament keynoters would go nuts living in our segment of the kingdom life. Think about it...they might wish they could live in the age we do!