Do christians have a bad rep? What does the word Christian even mean? Or better yet, what do others think it means? When you say the word Christian what kind of people do you think of? Do you think of hypocrites following rules and sitting in pews? When you tell someone "I'm a Christian" what do you really mean by that?
These are some questions that we need to ask ourselves. As followers of Jesus, we can become so accustomed to our own "Christianese" language that we forget what it really means. Often times our eyes aren't opened up to this until a new believer or someone asks the question that you've never thought to ask before.
All too often, as Christians, we make things way too complicated. God knew that we had a tendency to try to complicate things which is why He made His plan for salvation as simple as possible.
God is perfect and holy. We are sinners, people who mess up. Jesus, the Son of God, came, was born, lived, died, and rose again. He lived the perfect life and died the death that we deserved. He offers His salvation freely to those who want to have a right relationship with the Lord God. All it takes is for you to acknowledge that you need Jesus and asking Him to be your Savior.
That's what it means to be a Christian. It has nothing to do with religion, but it has everything to do with a relationship with Jesus Christ.
See, it's simple really. It's all because of Jesus! Apart from Him we are nothing but lost sinners. So why do we feel the need to make everything so complicated? Next time someone asks you about being a Christian, cut right to the chase. Tell them, "It's simply Jesus."