Halfhearted. Have you ever wondered why’s loss, or laziness, is a sin? Today’s reading from the book of Genesis about Cain and Abel might give us some reason for that we might understand it. At first glance, it seems that Cain and Abel have done what God is asked of them. They both have given him a gift. But looking deeper, we see that while Abel has made a great sacrifice giving God the best, Cain has just given God, whatever. It hasn’t been the best. It hasn’t been with his full heart and his full commitment. Cain has been halfhearted.
We can be tempted to do the same thing in our spiritual lives. We can look around the world in which we live, and say we haven’t really done things that are all that bad, really. But Jesus reminds us in today’s gospel, that it’s not simply looking for the easy way. Or, it’s not faith because we’ve seen concrete things so miraculous that any reasonable person would’ve accepted them. Rather, it is about faith.
And faith means, that we have to give our all to God. We have to work as much as we can, to turn everything over to God. We can’t simply be halfhearted. We have to be all in, we have to give God our best, we have to surrender our hearts so that we might live in his.