As part of the process of ordaining Aaron and his sons to be priests over Israel, they were to be sprinkled with blood: "Take the other ram, and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on its head. Slaughter it, take some of its blood and put it on the lobes of the right ears of Aaron and his sons, on the thumbs of their right hands, and on the big toes of their right feet." (vs 19-20)
It’s interesting to note that Aaron and his sons were sprinkled with blood on their heads, hands, and feet. The first thing I thought about this was how God was consecrating both their thoughts and actions to Him. And that led me to thinking about how God, if He is Lord, wants to be Lord of every part of us, not just some parts of us.
This reminded me of what of my favorite C.S. Lewis quotes from Mere Christianity:
"When I was a child I often had toothaches, and I knew that if I went to my mother, she would give me something which would deaden the pain for that night and let me get to sleep. But I did not go to my mother—at least, not till the pain became very bad. And the reason I did not go was this. I did not doubt she would give me the aspirin; but I knew she would also do something else. I knew she would take me to the dentist next morning. I could not get what I wanted out of her without getting something more, which I did not want. I wanted immediate relief from pain: but I could not get it without having my teeth set permanently right.
"And I knew those dentists; I knew they started fiddling about with all sorts of other teeth which had not yet begun to ache. They would not let sleeping dogs lie; if you gave them an inch they took a mile. Our Lord is like the dentists. If you give Him an inch, He will take a mile. Dozens of people go to Him to be cured of some one particular sin which they are ashamed of or which is obviously spoiling daily life. Well, He will cure it all right: but He will not stop there. That may be all you asked for; but if once you call Him in, He will give you the full treatment."
Praise God that He gives us the full treatment! He doesn’t want to be Lord of one part of our lives. He wants to be Lord over all our lives. He wants us, just as we are. This isn’t about control... it’s about love. Because we are His precious children, He wants to know us fully and be known by us fully. He wants to have every part of us so that we may live life to the fullest.
He knows just what we need, and He is fully committed. He will never stop at anything less than 100 percent. Why? Because He doesn’t love us any less than 100 percent! If we allow Him, He will always give us the full treatment!