I may seem to be boasting too much about the authority given to us by the Lord. But our authority builds you up; it doesn’t tear you down. So I will not be ashamed of using my authority.

I’m not trying to frighten you by my letters. For some say, “Paul’s letters are demanding and forceful, but in person he is weak, and his speeches are worthless!

- 2 Corinthians 10:8-10 NLT

Radical Transformation

Paul, who wrote most of the New Testament, has a powerful story. Before he came to know the Lord, he led a group of Romans in the persecution of Christians – (if you want a perspective shift on what persecution meant in that time period and you’re into reading, read A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers!) When Paul encountered God for the first time, He was radically transformed, and He spent the rest of his life carrying the name of Jesus to as many communities as he could. In these verses, Paul defends the authority that God has given him and his integrity in the way that he lives.

Your Opportunity

God often chooses the people least expected or qualified to do His work, because in those people He has the most opportunity to show His power. As a freshman at UGA, you have a unique opportunity to be surrounded by a number of people – professors, campus leaders, and even just upperclassmen - who have accomplished incredible things and who have a lot of influence. 

It would be easy to have the mindset that God would never choose you – just a freshman – to change the spiritual atmosphere of Athens, GA. However, God shows time and time again in His word that He can use anyone, because it is His power and authority that changes things. He gives power and authority to anyone willing to seek Him and receive those gifts.


Father, thank You that Your power is made perfect in my weakness. Please come and fill me with Your power and let me walk in authority, so that Your kingdom comes to Earth just as I walk with You today.

- Billie Anne Hardigree