“But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first. If you don’t repent, I will come and remove your lampstand from its place among the churches.”
This is a call to churches and Christians (who are the church) who are being morally “good” but not doing things because they love God. Morals are great, but even people who don’t know God can be moral. Buddhists have great morals, but they don’t have a life-giving relationship with the One who made them. Actions based on a love for God are what produce holiness in our lives. We aren’t good enough to make ourselves holy. When we accept Jesus a our lord, that is the beginning of our journey towards holiness…but that’s a whole ‘nother blog.
So how do you turn back to God? It’s quite simple, but it’s not always easy. It requires that we realize we don’t have all the answers and that we are in the wrong. Humility. Once you get there, it’s just a matter of talking to God again. He’s never left you even while you left Him. That’s one of the greatest things about our Father, that He is always there. Watching. Talking to us. We just have to tune in and listen.