Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life starts with a great sentence: "It's not about you." The implication is that it's about God; even your life is about God. That's a powerful statement. It serves as a corrective to the American way of thinking; indeed, to the strong drive in all people towards self-centeredness. Much time and therapy could be avoided if people would believe that one sentence.
But ... in some ways, it is about you.
That's a conclusion I draw from the apostle Paul's first sermon to the worshippers in the synagogue of Pisidian Antioch (Acts 13:16-41).
The sermon breaks down into three broad section. First, (16-22) Paul talks about how God oversaw the history of Israel from the time he chose their fathers (Genesis 12ff.) to his raising up of David as king (1 Samuel 16ff.). His emphasis is on God's sovereign control of history to care for his people.
From David's offspring, Paul says, God, in keeping with his control of history to care for his people, brought to them Jesus, "a Savior." In the second section (23-37) Paul demonstrates the validity of the claim that Jesus is the Savior (John pointed to himas great, he fulfills prophecy, etc.).
So Jesus came, suffered, was executed, buried, raised, and seen by eye-witnesses. What's left? Well, the third section (38-41), which begins, "Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you ... " (38 [ESV], emphasis added). This section highlights the forgiveness of sins and the justification that is yours before God in Christ, if you believe (the necessity of faith is emphasized).
So what is one to conclude? That God has orchestrated history for millennia, and that Jesus came in order to suffer and die and be raised, so that you can be reconciled to God by having your sins dealt with in the only way--a radical way--that they could be dealt with. In some ways, it is about you.
Are you to be self-absorbed as a result? Are you to think "I'm all that"? In no way. Scripture's clear that God loves us not because of anything noteworthy in us, but because he is love.
What you are to take away from this, though, is God's tremendous love for you. It's almost cliche to say, "God loves you." But he does; that's the inescapable conclusion of Paul's sermon in Acts 13.