“And don’t let anyone call you ‘Teacher,’ for you have only one teacher, the Messiah.”
“Hi, Teacher!” *giggle, grin*
Plus one with a little extra ‘something’.
“Teacher!” *warm hug*
You may think this was the response after Christmas holidays, or even a long weekend.
My littles had been to the library for twenty minutes.
Uh-huh. Twenty. Minutes.
It’s things like this, these spontaneous greetings from my littles make me feel loved. Accepted. Appreciated. They use my job title with reverence.
(Or maybe they don’t really know my name.)
So – why would Jesus make a point of telling us not to give each other titles?
His intent in this teaching is to ensure that titles don’t mess us up and make us feel that we are somehow more important than others. He is reminding us that everyone is on an equal footing in God’s eyes, that those in charge ought to lead by example and have an attitude and mentality of service. Level playing field – no distinctions based on race, or sex, or social standing, or wealth, or position.
(Or title. Even one as great as teacher.)
Very revolutionary ideas, in a day and age where women weren’t considered citizens in their own right. Where those with money and power were honoured and those without money and power had no hope or voice. Where people could be possessions.
I guess I’d better not get too big a head… no matter how many “Teacher, Teacher”s I get.
Do what you can to promote equality with me?
Father, thank You for introducing us to the idea of social equality. Help us to align ourselves more closely with Your ideals, and work toward treating others with dignity, respect, and honour – just the way we wish to be treated. Amen.