Thou art God’s shadow on earth. Strive, therefore, to act in such a manner as befitteth so eminent, so august a station. If thou dost depart from following the things We have caused to descend upon thee and taught thee, thou wilt, assuredly, be derogating from that great and priceless honor. Return, then, and cleave wholly unto God, and cleanse thine heart from the world and all its vanities, and suffer not the love of any stranger to enter and dwell therein. Not until thou dost purify thine heart from every trace of such love can the brightness of the light of God shed its radiance upon it, for to none hath God given more than one heart. This, verily, hath been decreed and written down in His ancient Book. 

Bahá’u’lláh

God's shadow on earth

QUESTIONS TO REFLECT UPON:

How can we comprehend the honor of being "God's shadow on earth"?

What are you doing in your life to cleanse your heart from the world and all its vanities?

Our one heart awaits the brightness of God's light - how can you work to purify yours?