“Trying on” Jesus. If He makes your life “better” (i.e. more comfortable), then you’ll keep Him. Once the going gets rough, you try something else.
And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. – Jesus
No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try. – Yoda
The little green Jedi Master had a point.
True Christ followers do not simply “try on” Jesus. They are all in. They don’t stick with Him out of their own strength, but because Jesus is holding onto them, and they knew what to expect when they believed in Him. They knew for what they were believing in Him: eternal life, not earthly happiness.
They don’t just try Him out. They transform into His likeness (by no power of their own).
They don’t just don Him, they melt into Him, become one with Him. There is no possibility of going back. Nor do they want to turn back.
Those who truly belong to Christ will not be lost.
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
People who try on Jesus have the wrong motive. If they knew the point of believing in Jesus – salvation from eternal death – they wouldn’t simply be trying Him on. They would be trusting Him to carry them safely into eternal life.
Those who are trying on Jesus are waiting to see if He makes their lives happier. When their lives become more difficult, they decide Jesus doesn’t work. Sadly, they were leaning on a false Jesus and a false gospel from the start.