Shortly after Jesus performed a miracle that should have made his popularity soar, several people “unfollowed” Him. How come? He made them so uncomfortable that even after seeing Him feed thousands of people using just a few loaves and fishes, they departed from Him. I wonder if He felt less “sent” because his popularity nose-dived.
We live in a world where your number of followers matter. But in reality, you may not be making any impact or progress if you have not been “unliked” and “unfollowed.” Jesus brought comfort but He was very comfortable with making people uncomfortable. He gave even his closest disciples permission to leave.
As an entrepreneur, I know this flies in the face of conventional business wisdom but perhaps we need to begin to measure our significance by how many people “unfollow” us because of what we stand for, what we say, what we do, more than how many follow us. We are taught to avoid polarity but polarity is unavoidable, if we would be authentic.
The way of destruction and failure is very broad and many follow it. The way of life and significance on the other hand, is very narrow and rugged and very few find it, much less follow it, and I think some of those who find it “unfollow” it.
Soren Kierkegaard wrote an amazing but very short book titled, “Crowd is untruth” and I believe Jesus understood it well. The crowd followed him when he gave them bread, they unfollowed him when his words made them uncomfortable, they crucified him when he upset their religion.
The number of your followers, “friends” or “likes” has no bearing on your significance or lack thereof.