Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them.
This is why I charge for my books—what can I say? But to speak for other teachers, it’s hard work and dangerous. Teachers are more highly judged. They are responsible for what they teach. It’s a fearsome task. Here’s James 3:1 from the ESV:
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.
Teaching takes a lot of time and effort. It takes a lifetime of experience. More than anything, it takes an anointing of the Holy Spirit to be relevant and help others in their walk. There is a cost for that anointing of which you do not know. Just help your teachers as the verse suggests.
Be aware of who your teachers are
They are the people who change your life. He or she is the person whose opinion matters to you. Those with the title of teacher are not as important as the person to whom you turn when you need an answer, advice, or a shoulder. Ultimately, the hope is that person for you is Jesus. For me it’s Him and my wife.
Who is your teacher?