“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and you are right, because that’s what I am … I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master …” (John 13:13, 16, NLT).
To have a master and teacher is not the same thing as being mastered and taught. Having a master and teacher means that there is someone who knows me better than I know myself, who is closer than a friend, and who understands the remotest depths of my heart and is able to satisfy them fully. It means having someone who has made me secure in the knowledge that he has met and solved all the doubts, uncertainties, and problems in my mind. To have a master and teacher is this and nothing less – “… for One is your Teacher, the Christ …” (Matthew 23:8).
“You call Me Teacher and Lord …” but is He?
(from My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers)