The proof of the pudding is in the tasting. Generally, the expression is used to say that the real worth, success, or effectiveness of something can only be determined by putting it to the test by trying or using it, appearances and promises aside—just as the best test of a pudding is to eat it.
This old expression can apply to a lot of life’s experiences and conversations. It reminds me of quotes by the apostle James: “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (2:17) “You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone” (2:24) and, “For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.” (2:26)
The proof is in the pudding. Our faith is a proof and our work is a proof. They are co-equal proofs. It appears that our faithfulness and obedience is the “effectiveness of something can only be determined by putting it to the test by trying or using it, appearances and promises aside.”
Pudding Talk is cheap… Pudding Tasting isn’t.
“What must we do, to be doing the works of God?”
“This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” Jesus