“And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us ….” John 1:14a (KJV)
In Christian parlance, the word “flesh” has gotten a bad rap. Most Christians associate “the flesh” with things sinful or evil or tempting. But the word used for “flesh” in the Bible actually carries no such connotation.
The Greek word “sarx” simply means “flesh” — skin, meat, bones — whether of men, beasts, fish or birds. It has neither a good or a bad association with it. The New Living Translation of the Bible does a better job of keeping the word neutral, in its original sense.
So why & how did “flesh” get such a bad rap? That’s a long and complicated story, but for now, may God encourage you & renew your mind about how you think about your flesh.
Your flesh was created by God and given to you. It is a gift. It has amazing potential for good and for beauty and for reflecting God’s glory. Your flesh is an integral part of how God made you. And He does not ask you to divide yourself against yourself. In God’s kingdom, there is no separation between the sacred and the secular. God wants all of you.
Can the flesh do bad things? Yes. And so can the mind. And so can the spirit. It’s what we do or don’t do with our flesh that constitutes something good or something evil. The flesh itself is not evil.
After all, the Word became flesh. God Himself incarnate in the flesh …
… and He did something wonderful with His. Will you?