What are you doing? How are you doing it? Why are you doing it?

Whatever you do*, do** it as if you are working for*** God, not man.
Whatever you bring into existence*, commit** your heart and soul to it, as*** God not humankind. Col. 3:23

What? In this verse there are two words translated “do” and they both mean “work” but in different senses. The first “do” refers to human creativity and productivity, in other words, the work and the end product or result from that work. Work isn’t just our vocations. It’s everything we do.
How? The second “do” refers to effort, attitude, follow through, and resulting profit. The attitude with which we approach what we do affects what we get out of it and its positive effect on the world.
Why? Monetary gain, personal pride, status, or power can be great results but often prove corrupting as motivations. So what are we working for? Colossians theme is that we aren’t doing anything for God because being in Christ is sufficient. Perhaps we are makers because we are made in God’s image and God is a maker. Perhaps our doings are ways we get to enjoy God’s infinite creativity expressed uniquely through each of us. Perhaps the dynamic, purposeful, interdependence in God’s natural creation is reflected in our interconnected social microcosms. Perhaps our doings are more ways we get to experience together the love and grace of Christ in us.

Lord, inspire me in all I do, in how I do it, and in why I do it.

*ποιέω poieō tr. “do” means “work in the sense of create, produce, make, perform”
**ἐργάζομαι ergazomai tr. “do” means “work, labor, commit, perform, acquire by labor, engage, do business”
***ὡς hós often tr. “for” means “whereof, like, like as, even as, affected, just like, same way, through, where, while.” The word “for” is not part of the literal translation, it’s inserted by translators.