[M]any people are willing to be God-centered as long as they feel that God is man-centered. It is a subtle danger. We may think we are centering our lives on God, when we are really making Him a means to self-esteem. Over against this danger I urge you to ponder the implications, brothers, that God loves His glory more than He loves us and that this is the foundation of His love for us. (Brothers, We Are Not Professionals)
[W]e have turned the love of God and the gospel of Christ into a divine endorsement of our delight in many lesser things, especially the delight in our being made much of. The acid test of biblical God-centeredness – and faithfulness to the gospel – is this: Do you feel more loved because God makes much of you, or because, at the cost of his Son, he enables you to enjoy making much of him forever? Does your happiness hang on seeing the cross of Christ as a witness to your worth, or as a way to enjoy God’s worth forever? Is God’s glory in Christ the foundation of your gladness? (God Is The Gospel)
Both the above quotes are taken from two books by John Piper. I’ve posted them here because I think they are extremely thought-provoking. The first sentence above is especially insightful I think:
Many people are willing to be God-centered as long as they feel that God is man-centered.
I believe a lot of evangelicals would agree with the above quotes. And I do think that they have a lot to do with the grace message of New Creation. That’s all I’ll say for this post. Free free to leave your comments, if any.