Are you familiar with the burn-in effect from leaving one image on certain TVs and monitors too long? That image is visible no matter what else might be showing. Kind of like a filter, it distorts what you want to see.
I heard of someone who inadvertently burned the logo of their satellite company into their brand new plasma TV. It wasn’t just in one spot, however, because the logo moved from place to place all over the screen, staying long enough at each place to leave its mark. No matter what they try to watch from here on, they see it through the company image.
Let’s think about this from a different perspective. The same effect happens in us as a result of our personal focus, though the results can be for good as well as bad.
If I give my attention to what the world offers – what satisfies my flesh – the image being burned in is the image of the world. Though I am a Christian, people will see the world when they look at me, no matter what I hope to show them. There will be no reflection of Christ when I go through struggles – only more of what they already know.
On the other hand, if I attend to the things of God – His Word, His love, Who He is – His image is burned in, and His reflection will be visible to others even when hard times come my way. His Word will be what works in me in those times, so that people will be able to comprehend the reality of Jesus Christ. For the world to believe there is hope for something more in their life, they have to see the hope of Christ alive and at work in me . . . and in you.
Romans 12:2 AMP Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude]
Even if the reflection you currently show the world is a mirror image of itself, this does not have to be permanent. Jesus Christ is still ready to change you into His image when you believe and apply His Word. As you choose to focus on the Lord and His Word rather than what the world offers, you will be transformed. It’s His promise. The image of the world that has been burned in, and through which people have known you in the past, will be transformed into the image of Christ.
What’s that I see burning in you?