“The Proof is in the Living”

The reality of anything is evident in the fruit produced by it. The evidence of a plant is displayed in the flower that it bears or the fruit that comes forth from it. The taste of food bears out the kind of food it is and the ingredients that were used in the producing of the food that was made. You may have heard the saying, “The proof is in the pudding,” which is a newer rendition of an older proverb, “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.” This original statement made by William Camden in 1605 is still being used today to speak of the reality of a thing in its product. The saying comes from the fact that if food has spoiled, the taste of it would prove that to be true. This truth works also in the life that we live and the beliefs that we hold. If our life is being influenced by the truths of God’s Word and genuine faith in Him, then that reality will be evident in the things that our life produces. However, the opposite is equally as true. If our life is being influenced by the philosophies of the world or the sinfulness of our flesh, then the evidence of that will also bear out in the fruit produced in our lives. Far too often we hear people declaring gloom and doom regarding a certain decision or political candidate being voted on; however, the outcome of that decision ends up in success and good results. The opposite is also true; we hear these glowing ideas about a bill being passed, a decision being made, or a candidate being voted on, but the reality is disastrous results. Today, we will look at these truths in Scripture, and it is imperative that we each take inventory of our own lives and examine the fruit of what our life is producing while there is still time to make adjustments for a better final outcome. We will also be joined this evening in our worship service by Dr. & Mrs. Rasmussen and the Revival Trio from West Coast Baptist College. You will not want to miss out on this blessed time together.