Therefore, no person can be saved in his natural condition. Everyone must first experience a thorough change in his heart, receive a thoroughly different mind, and obtain a completely different direction for his spirit. God must become his highest good. He must cease to live for this world, focusing instead on the world to come, where he will seek his happiness and rest for his soul. Thus, he must no longer live for himself; instead he must present his entire life as an offering in love to his neighbor.
What does it mean to present his entire life as an offering in love to his neighbor?
Let us poor sinners, then, seize Christ in faith and demonstrate that faith by responsible stewardship over all the gifts and goods entrusted to us.
C. F. W. Walther, God Grant It page 643.
Wayne Knolhoff, Director of the Center for Stewardship at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.