National awakenings begin with personal reviving.
This chapter reminds us that national spiritual awakening begins on a personal scale. When Jesus addressed the church of Ephesus in Revelation 2, He spoke about the need of that church to return to its first love relationship with Him.
Author Bill Elliff explains that the process outlined by Jesus to this particular church—that they should remember (from how far they have fallen), repent (turn back toward Him), and return (to authentic Christianity)—is a blueprint for what we can do, today. Before we ask God to change our neighborhood, our church, or our city, we must first evaluate our relationship with Him and, if necessary, rekindle our love for Him.