The goal of Paul's example, as well as his teaching, was that believers everywhere would live in a way that honours God.
God's call on our lives should produce good fruit and will ultimately lead to our glorification.
Paul is thankful that they received the gospel message and accepted it as the very words of God to them.
It is the Word of God that energizes this work within believers.
The Holy Spirit who lives within believers will apply that Word to their lives in a progressive way. At all times we must all evaluate our motives as well as our methods to ensure that they are honouring God. Instead of bending to the wishes of others (the world), we should first ask God whether HE is pleased with our lifestyle and our ministry. We must commit to being in a place where we can grow into a deeper understanding of God's Word and see its impact in our lives. Christianity is not a job lot, rather it is a never-ending lifestyle full of learning. It is not about textbooks, it is about living a 'Christ' life.