John 3:26-28 –
I am not the Christ. I’m only called to point Him out to others.
If they refuse to go to Him, and you continue on with them, you will eventually lose the revelation of Him yourself – as circumstances that seem unfavorable, their disbelief or unfounded loyalty to you, drag you down.
Stay true to the message, even when tried through a large following or a turning away.
The message is true regardless of the people’s response (for a slave will not be disciplined with words).