Carnal isn’t a word that we hear or use every day. What does it really mean? The word “carnal” actually means “of the five senses.” When we are ruled by the five physical senses we are carnal. It’s the same as being dominated by what the Bible calls “the flesh.” The flesh is that part of our lives that generates selfishness, pride, arrogance and ungodly desires.
So, when we’re living in the flesh this will be the fruit of our lives. We’ll see the world “revolving around us.” Our attitude will be that the world and everyone in it owes us. It’s an entitlement or takers attitude. We’ll only see people for what they can do for us and how they can make our lives better. We’re unable to please God “because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” (Romans 8:7-8).
This doesn’t sound like the kind of person we want in our lives or a person that we want to be, so how do we avoid living in the flesh? God gives us the simple answer in Colossians 3:1 “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” The verse says to “keep seeking”; that’s because it’s an ongoing pursuit of the good things of God that causes us to make the shift from living in the flesh to living in the Spirit.
When we get our eyes off ourselves and turn them to Christ, He begins to make us more like Him every day. He pulls us up from the carnal reality of the world into His realm of existence; the reality of God.