I have long been convinced that my preaching too often is focused on me, or us, rather than on God. Reading this passage today was a needed reminder. Caution: you may want to read the following words slowly and repeatedly; in other words, chew thoroughly before swallowing.
“We take the mirror of God’s image, which was intended to reflect his glory in the world, and turn our backs to the light, and fall in love with the contours of our own dark shadow, trying desperately to convince ourselves (with technological advances or management skills or athletic prowess or academic achievements or sexual exploits or countercultural hair styles) that the dark shadow of the image on the ground in front of us is really glorious and satisfying. And in our proud love affair with ourselves, we pour contempt (whether we know it or not!) on the worth of God’s glory.”
The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper, p. 32.