It is said of King Midas, who wished that everything he touched would turn into gold, that when he took a knife at table, it became gold; his cup, beer, wine, and whatever he touched turned to gold. But he could not consume the gold. Now he has had enough gold, but what good does it do him? It cannot help a man attain life; it cannot give the grace of God or turn aside His wrath. A find god indeed! And yet people do not see this.
Martin Luther, What Luther Says, page 973.
Wayne Knolhoff, Director of the Center for Stewardship at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.