9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate.
“We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help” Paul accepted help from other churches (1 Corinthians 16:2) but, didn’t want to put that weight on this church.
The Scripture teaches us (2 Corinthians 8:1-7) that we as believers must help, financially, the church that we are attending or the one God has placed in our heart to help, so that it can continue their services, to preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate” Paul was teaching the church in Thessalonica, not to become a burden to others if it can be avoided. Rather, be the one helping (with financial support), and encouraging them to walk in step with the Word of God.