December 21, 2014
Life Story: Aaron Lentz
Article by Aaron Lentz
I grew up in a Christian home that loved Jesus and loved His Church. I honestly thought this was the norm for most families. I thought that everyone went to church and then went to eat at Cracker Barrel for lunch. As a young boy, I would often spend time in the back of the church eating Cheerios, playing Game Boy and crawling underneath the pews. I rarely listened to the words that the pastor was preaching, but when I did listen, I heard enough to know that I needed to try harder and do better in order to be a Christian.
I spent many years trying to find my identity by keeping the rules and I was pretty good at it—or so I thought. It wasn’t until Jesus saved me at 14 years old that I actually began to see the depths of my sin. A year later the Lord called me to ministry.
Being aware of my sin made it very difficult for me to continue to follow the rules, but I kept trying. I was so concerned with how I was perceived by others. I wanted to be recognized as someone who was strong, competent, intelligent and successful all around, but especially in regard to the Christian life. I became very entitled over these years. I thought if I did my part, then God would do His part in giving me what I wanted. Looking back, I was using Jesus as a means to an end.
It wasn’t until I went to an event called Passion in Atlanta that I was awakened to a greater story going on around me. It was there that I realized Jesus is the ultimate treasure. No longer was I looking for Jesus to be a stepping stool to get what I wanted; He became what I wanted. God didn’t just want to save me from eternity in hell, but He wanted to save me from myself. For the first time I saw Jesus’ unwavering commitment to me. My identity was no longer found in myself or my achievements but in Christ’s finished work—His life, death and resurrection on my behalf.
Hope for Athens Church
That we would be a people that glorify God by enjoying Him supremely.