“Take the finest spices: of liquid myrrh 500 shekels, and of sweet-smelling cinnamon half as much, that is, 250, and 250 of aromatic cane, and 500 of cassia, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and a hin of olive oil. Make of these a sacred anointing oil blended as by the perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil. With it you shall anoint the tent of meeting and the ark of the testimony, and the table and all its utensils, and the lampstand and its utensils, and the altar of incense, and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils and the basin and its stand. You shall consecrate them, that they may be most holy. Whatever touches them will become holy. You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may serve me as priests. You shall say to the people, ‘This shall be my holy anointing oil throughout your generations. It shall not be poured on the body of an ordinary person, and you shall make no other like it in composition. It is holy, and it shall be holy to you. Whoever compounds any like it or whoever puts any of it on an outsider shall be cut off from his people.’
“Take sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum, sweet spices with pure frankincense (of each shall there be an equal part), and make an incense blended as by the perfumer, seasoned with salt, pure and holy. You shall beat some of it very small, and put part of it before the testimony in the tent of meeting where I shall meet with you. It shall be most holy for you. The incense that you shall make according to its composition, you shall not make for yourselves. It shall be for you holy to the Lord. Whoever makes any like it to use as perfume shall be cut off from his people.'” Exodus 30:22-25,34-38
“Therefore go out from their midst,
and be separate from them, says the Lord,
and touch no unclean thing;
then I will welcome you,..
says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:17-18
There was a very specific composition of the fragrant oil used to consecrate Israel’s priests, and there is a very specific consecration for the children of God today. The Old Testament recipe for sacred oil was measured in spices and fragrances, blended carefully for application on all things holy and pertaining to the priests’ work and worship. The New Testament recipe is a separate consecration from the world, and the sprinkling of the saving blood of Christ applies to every part of our life and work and worship.
For our ministry to be fragrant to Jesus, we must go about it His way, with love, thoughtfulness, reverence, and grace. With what care do we consecrate our tools of trade, our hours and weeks, our efforts and expenditures, in earnest prayer and surrender? Is there a pull from the world, or a reluctance or sloth, that keeps us from doing all we do as unto the Lord and for His glory, not for ourselves or our agenda? (Colossians 3:23)
“Take my life and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days;
let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my love; my Lord, I pour
at thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be
ever, only, all for thee.” ~Frances Ridley Havergal (1874)
Amen and amen.