Did You Give into the Tempter?
“For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.”
1 Thessalonians 3:5
In this passage of Scripture, the Apostle Paul is talking about the Church at Thessalonica. The Church had been struggling with heresy and false doctrine concerning the return of the Lord Jesus. When Paul says “I sent to KNOW YOUR FAITH…” he is saying that he wants to know whether or not they are still convicted on the doctrine which has been preached unto them, specifically about the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In the next sentence, he says “lest by some means the tempter have tempted you…” The Apostle Paul wanted to make sure that the Church at Thessalonica did not leave any “cracks” for the devil. He knew that the Church was already shaky on some facets of doctrine, and he did not want that to be room for the devil to tempt them and fall into heresy. Paul knew that if heresy seeped into the Church, that their labour for the Church would be in vain.
When we leave cracks open for the Devil, whether it be an idle mind, apathy towards the things of God, slothfulness towards the Lord’s Work, etc., we can easily be tempted and allow ourselves to follow God “afar off”. When we give into temptation, and fall into sin, whatever labor we do for the Lord is in vain until we repent. “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it…” Psalms 127:1 (a)