This teaching is essential for us in moving forward with Christ in this new year. We must not think that our struggles to know Christ are in vain, or because we have not attained the level we desire, that He has left us. We are all 'works in progress', and as Living Stones being built together into a temple for the Lord, we still require much shaping and fitting. This is often painful. Blessings as you read and study to know our Lord Jesus Christ in fullness.