I just watched a message by Andy Stanley in his series entitled “Canvas.” It was so good I immediately ordered the dvd when I got home from church. You can order the dvd here, if you are interested.
I think Stanley did a terrific job of challenging our tendency to make ourselves the center of our universe. It sounds egocentric to say that God’s highest goal is to glorify Himself. Stanley used the following quote by J.I. Packer to defend that biblical truth:
“If it is right for man to have the glory of God as his goal, can it be wrong for God to aim at the same goal? If man can have no higher end and motive than God’s glory, how can God? And if it is wrong for man to seek a lesser end than this, then it would be wrong for God too. The reason why it cannot be right for man to live for himself, as if he were God, is simply the fact that he is not God; and the reason why it cannot be wrong for God to seek His own glory is simply the fact that He is God. Those who would not have God seek His glory in all things are really asking that He should cease to be God. And there is no greater blasphemy than to will God out of existence.” (J.I. Packer in The Plan of God found at http://www.the-highway.com/plan_Packer.html)