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Unashamed (Psalm 119:80)

May my heart be blameless in Your statutes, so that I will not be ashamed. Psalm 119:80
  If you were to die at this moment, would you be pleased with how you lived your life? Have you maintained biblical priorities? Have you lived with a desire and commitment to fulfill God’s purposes in your life? Has it been your determination to bring glory to God?   The more important question is: Would God be pleased with how you have lived your life?   To be ashamed is to be embarrassed, guilty, or remorseful. As a Christian, it would be related to knowing the truth and yet living contrary to the truth. It is easy for Christians to deceive themselves by thinking that choosing to avoid blatant sinfulness is sufficient to be pleasing to God. But the truth is, as Christians, we put off the sin of the world so that we can pursue righteousness with all of our hearts.   The psalmist understands that if he is to be blameless before God it will be because he is serious about responding obediently to the statutes of God. Far too many Christians can easily explain what the Christian life should look like, as though knowing the truth is going to satisfy God. True Christian obedience is following in the steps of our Lord Jesus.  
…the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. 1 John 2:6
  The key for the Christian is to abide in Him.  
Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming. 1 John 2:28
  John explains in his gospel that if we abide in Him we will bear much fruit in this life.  
I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:5
  If you do not wish to be ashamed before God, abide in Christ. As you do this, you will keep His word and you will bear much fruit and you will be ready when it is time to meet the Lord!

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