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Motivation (Psalm 119:60)

I hastened and did not delay to keep Your commandments.
Psalm 119:60

To hasten is to speed up, get moving, or accelerate. The idea is that there is no time to waste.

“Lord, make me to know my end and what is the extent of my days; let me know how transient I am. Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, and my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah.
Psalm 39:4–5

So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Ephesians 5:15–17

The more we understand the brevity of life and the purposes of God, the more motivated and intentional we must become in our obedience to God.

The psalmist accentuates his point when he also declares that he did not delay. That is, he did not waste time, or take longer than he should have. We can so easily waste time and be distracted from the things that are so important in this life.

When it comes to spiritual priorities, Christians must not be procrastinators. There are many things that we can disregard in this life, but giving attention to God’s word and being obedient to it must not be put off. Instead, it ought to be obvious that we are striving with everything in us to be obedient to the blessed truths that God has graciously revealed to us.

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58