The Lord wants to say...My Father has sent Me into the world for your sake alone, in order to help you, not to benefit Myself. This I have done; I have died for you and have given you all I am and have. Therefore you should think and act in like manner. Henceforth spend your lives serving and helping everyone; otherwise you would have nothing to do on earth, for through faith you have enough of everything. Therefore I send you into the world as My Father has sent Me, that is, that every Christian may instruct and teach his fellow man also to come to Christ.
Martin Luther, What Luther Says, page 960.
Wayne Knolhoff, Director of the Center for Stewardship at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.