"Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our
toil and hardship; we worked night and day in
order not to be a burden to anyone while we
preached the gospel of God to you" - 1 Thessalonians 2:9.
Paul worked a full-time job whenever he went into a new place to spread the gospel so as not to be a financial burden on his new converts, and so he would not be confused with teachers who traveled the Greek world teaching secular subjects for pay. He wanted people to know he was on a different mission than the other teachers. He did this because it was part of a personal values system that guided his daily decisions on ministry, finances, learning and work. All leaders also have a values system, and those values will make them productive servants, overbearing tyrants or a leader someplace between those two possibilities.
LEADERSHIP STEP: To insure that your values are taking you in the correct leadership direction toward service and team-building, your assignment today is to sketch out your values and put them in order of priority. You can start this today and then revisit and refine this list the next time values are discussed in this devotional. Below is a sample list of values and how to produce them to help get you started. Don't put this off!