The Consecrating Oil

In the Bible are many references to oil and its uses. Abel's offering of the firstlings of his flock and the fat thereof was acceptable to God; while Cain's, which was of the fruit of the ground, was not. In some of the rituals of the children of Israel, the offerings were to be prepared with oil; and kings were anointed with oil. That this use of oil was frequently symbolic is probable. The Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," gives this illuminating definition of "oil" (p. 592): "Consecration; charity; gentleness; prayer; heavenly inspiration."

The way to accomplishment along any line of endeavor must be through consecration. The Christian Scientist has dedicated himself to support of the church designed by our Leader to "reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing" (Church Manual, p. 17). With this goal before him, the student reaches forward with eagerness to that which will aid him in doing his part faithfully. One meaning of "consecrate" is to "make sacred"; so we must make sacred every phase of our life. We must consecrate both our desires and our daily lives, for thus will our desires and our lives be in accord. This does not mean that one should be a recluse. Jesus said, "I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil." The test of one's life is to be faithful to human relationships, to be loving, kind, patient, joyous, whether managing a home or conducting a business; all must be done to the glory of God and to bless our fellow men. As one begins to see how much is to be gained through consecration to good, one longs for yet deeper consecration; and thus one's first step, a very important one, is taken.

January 13, 1934

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