Accurate Information… “He [Apollos] was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John.” Acts 18:25
Accuracy begins by being properly schooled and instructed, so you become a subject matter expert in the material you manage. Apollos was a student of Scripture, he examined the mind and heart of God expressed in Holy Writ and he allowed others to instruct him in the way of the Lord. He rightly divided the truth because he understood and applied the truth. “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (1 Timothy 2:15, KJV).
Have you gone to school on the subject you are seeking to master? Do you have a mentor to instruct you and hold you accountable? Excellent work requires you to be an apostle of accurate information. As you learn to love the details that matter, your work will matter more. Accurate information is extremely valuable because it is the foundation for which assumptions are built. Does your process protect you from displaying inaccurate information?
Confidence comes when there is clarity of facts and comprehension of the content. Doubt will dog you as long as the truth is tentative and details are left unaccountable. It’s better to thoroughly work on one project and get it right, rather than engaging in a flurry of activity with only futility as its outcome. “You must inquire, probe and investigate it thoroughly” (Deuteronomy 13:14a). Do I take the proper time to gather, comprehend and communicate accurate information? Do I steward data precisely and accurately?
What did I learn from the Lord in today’s Bible reading?
How will I respond?
December 6, 2019
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 6, 2019 They went immediately to the Jews in Jerusalem and compelled them by force to stop. Thus the work on the house of God in Jerusalem came to a standstill. Ezra 4:23-24 Don’t give up. You may be facing a temporary setback, but God’s purposes [...]
December 5, 2019
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 5, 2019 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. John 10:27 My brother and I have a great deal in common: the same college degree from the same school, nearly identical musical interests, and an irrational affection for the English [...]
December 4, 2019
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 4, 2019 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. John 16:20 My wife Rita’s closest friends affectionately call her a joy bomb! What a compliment. Fortunately, the joy bomb [...]