9 For you recall, brethren, our labor and hardship, how working night and day so as not to be a burden to any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 10 You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers; 11 just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children, 12 so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory (1 Thessalonians 2).
To back up his previous statement concerning him and his companions’ genuine devotion to them, Paul reminds them of three things: 1) the work ethic they demonstrated (probably tent-making) “so as not to be a [financial] burden” on them; and 2) the godly example they showed by their “devout and upright and blameless” behavior; and 3) the “fatherly” way in which they “exhorted and encouraged and implored” them to “walk in a manner worthy” of their calling as God’s children.
Here it is in a nutshell: Paul always made his ministry about the Lord—not about himself. No personal sacrifice or hardship or burden was too great to see the gospel grow in the hearts of people, for to him that was all that mattered. One can only wonder what would happen in our communities if every Christian demonstrated this same attitude!
Lord, help us This Day to have a gospel attitude. Amen.