CONSECRATION

Christian Science gives a wonderful interest to every part of the Scriptures by unfolding the spiritual sense and significance of all things therein, and by showing the relation of type and symbol to the tasks of each day. The account of the consecration of Aaron and his sons is deeply instructive, especially when we remember that in the realm of Truth the "only priest is the spiritualized man" (Science and Health, p. 141). The Bible says that the faithful shall be "priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him," which surely means that each one must be consecrated to the service of God and humanity: and this awakens a sense of the sacredness of every duty that makes "our common daily life divine," to use the poet's words, and gives a new meaning to the wise man's saying, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might."

We read that when the priests were consecrated the sacred oil was sprinkled upon them, and that their ears, fingers, and feet were touched with blood. The definition of oil which is found on page 592 of Science and Health throws great light upon this subject. It reads thus: "Consecration; charity; gentleness; prayer; heavenly inspiration." Then we read (Ibid., p. 25) that "the spiritual essence of blood is sacrifice." To the Christian Scientist the sacred service of each day should begin with the first conscious thought, for if that is turned toward the holy heights of Truth and Love there is little danger that the spiritual demand with respect to what we hear will be forgotten, or that error will be allowed to enter through the ear which has felt the touch of "heavenly inspiration." The hands may engage in common toil, but if they too are consecrated no task can seem hard, nor can these hands miss for a moment the guidance of divine intelligence; while the feet may go on an unending pilgrimage from shrine to shrine of duty, ever treading unwearied the path of Life.

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