“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah.”
(Matthew 23:8-10 NIV)
God isn’t against us having titles of honour, as much as He is against us seeking titles of honour to foster pride. That’s why in the twenty-third chapter of Matthew, Jesus condemned the religious leaders of His day. “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others”’ (vv. 5-7). Therefore, in the verses that follow, Jesus advised the crowds and His disciples – and us – against doing the same. In fact, He is our example of someone who held many titles of honour, such as doctor, teacher, miracle worker, but who didn’t use them to foster pride, but to further the kingdom of God.
How we use our title says a lot about us.