“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 The 2:9)

Not being a burden to those we are ministering to goes well beyond the financial support often required by ministers and missionaries. We can be a burden if we ask for other obligations to be met or are unusually demanding or fussy.

Being pleasant and easy to talk with and having a kind and peaceful demeanor are all evidence of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. They are in contrast to that which brings a burden.

Those we are ministering to are those we work with—our bosses and colleagues and those we lead. Does the measure of what it means to be a burden still apply in the workplace? Yes it does, as our job is our pulpit, and our workplace our mission field.

Quick Prayer: I commit to working so I will not be a burden. Amen.