will not be meaningless. We are not “simply oiling the wheels of a machine that will one day go off a cliff”
1 Cor. 3:10-13: Paul talks of laying a foundation and building on it with gold and silver and precious stones (a temple image).
We do not know how, but we are promised that what we do now that is worthy will someday be embodied in the New Creation. There will be continuity between the present creation and the new (God will not chunk the present creation in the trash and start all over again)