1 Corinthians 9:11
If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you?
As Paul is writing to the Corinthians he is speaking of financial support. He had spent a lot of time with the people of Corinth and had a right to ask them for support of his continued ministry in other parts of the world.
Paul is not in ministry for the money. Fairly or unfairly, this is the impression that some pastors give. Paul is not trying to get rich off his Corinthian converts. Instead he simply offers them a reminder about what is fair. For all that he has invested in them, it is only fair that he receive a portion back for his efforts. Or in other words, the Corinthians had been blessed by God and it would be right to recognize that blessing by giving back a portion of that to help Paul continue his ministry.
Pastors and teachers invest great amounts of time, prayer, and even tears in ministering the Word of God. They do so because they expect that their work will yield results. Most who preach and teach the word of God do so for free or at a considerably lower salary than they could make with comparable education in another field. The reason they do so for the love of God and because they believe that their labors are worth it in the end.
We honor our teachers and mentors when they witness us growing in Christ and understand the difference they have made in our lives. Take a moment to write a note or make a call to someone who has made a difference in your life. Let them know that their labor was not in vain and that you consider yourself part of their spiritual harvest.