2 Timothy 3:10-11, 14; 4:5
3:10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and sufferings….
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed….
4:5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

While glancing over this passage in Greek (as part of my seminary workload), I noticed that each of these verses begin with the phrase su de—literally, “but you” (italicized above). In each, Paul has just finished describing how people will degenerate and run after their own passions, surrounding themselves with false teachers. In these verses, Paul commends Timothy for his faithfulness to the gospel, encourages him to continue in it, and charges him with the responsibilities of his call to ministry.

While people around us — even those who claim to be believers — run after the world’s desires, we are called to set ourselves apart. “But you” — you follow Christ, grounded in the Word and anchored to the Rock.

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