The dictionary definition of the term ‘end product’ is ‘Final output or product of an activity, arrangement, or process.’ It is quite probable and is often possible that any one of the three references above can be graded as positive or negative. If you’re wondering where I’m going with this, I can well understand.
If we reduce this to simple material terms, let’s use an I-beam which is a large metal beam most frequently used in constructing buildings and bridges. It is the end product of materials dug from the earth called ore. After its processing to rid of impurities, the iron ore is smelted in a large furnace vat. Then, as contracted, it may be poured into forms, such as our I-beams. It starts coarse, and ends up shaped and refined to what was needed. There it serves its purpose, remaining in its designated form and place where it stays unless the building is demolished or destroyed. In this case, some of it might be used elsewhere after reprocessing.
You may be asking, “How does this relate to my Christian life?” Glad you asked. I would guess that most people would consider life as a journey. That being said, that journey will depend on one’s inward orientation. One might be generally unmotivated, except to satisfy the moment. Others are self-centered in their outlook. Yet, others might seek fame or material success. Then again, we find some who thrive on power and control. And the list goes on.
If a person happens to fall into some godly orientation, they can and should begin to look different than the previous examples. Christians who are actually saved and have been taught the Word will begin to grasp the importance of self-sacrificing love, as demonstrated and taught by Jesus. So, in response to this enlightenment, these persons decide to do what their cohorts are doing as enlightened ones, and start joining them in church attendance. The normal occurrence might be regularity and possibly some spiritual growth with understanding. What they become depends on the source of their instruction, their diligence in studying the Word, which is hopefully their true motivation.
Nonetheless, the usual outcome is that they become comfortable in their setting. “This must be it, what it’s all about. I’m a rather active Christian, and try to be consistent. ‘Church’ must be where it’s really at.” They have reached their goal. The definition of Christian must be a ‘regular church attender’. That’s not too hard. What we see is that this is the ‘end product’. We can answer anyone’s challenge with, “Yeah, we attend weekly down at St. James Believers Church.” Is this measuring up to Jesus’ assertion that we are salt and light to the world?
For the believer, the Christ-led Christian’s end product can’t be mere church attendance. Actually, it might well be part of the beginning, the gathered ore whose processing reaps an end product which moves with the revelation and urging of the Designer, the Creator. He is desirous to use you, and through you to others. He is constantly the end product for His born-again child. A mere meeting is important, but not the end product. In Him, hunger and thirst for what comes next. Be the definition of Christian, a follower of Christ!
“Follow me as my disciples, accepting me as your Master and Teacher and walking the same path of life that I walk, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matt. 4:19 Amplified