Do We Have Massive Unity potential?

Find out if you are a person of unity or division with this 90 second unity assessment.

I am captivated by how Jesus kept bringing people together through love and yet many chose not to accept an invitation to be united to him. As I question how in the world a person could choose division, I am reminded that there are moments in a day that I don’t choose unity and I slip into behaviors that lead to division. Why would I talk about someone behind their back? Or sit and listen to someone bash another person? Lord what a wretched man I am! (Romans 7:24) What shall I do? The answer is beautiful...repent, learn and grow. I have been on a journey to be an apprentice of Jesus that has the sweet aroma of unity and love. This writing and assessment is simply an invitation to join me in a journey of extending love and unity to a world that desperately needs it.

We all know how important unity is in families, marriages, teams, workplaces, churches, countries and pretty much all of human adventures. When we are united it brings synergy, in that we accomplish more together, then we ever could as individuals. Some of the most impressive efforts in history are due to a group of people united in mission. In this season of significant division it made me wonder... Is it possible that we have untapped unity still available to us?

We also know that divisiveness leads to destruction. The evil in our world wants to divide and conquer us. It’s a lesson from ‘Capitan Obvious’ that unity is needed. However the real question is what specific behaviors lead to unity or lead to division. And maybe more applicable, what am I personally doing that leads to unity or leads to division in my relationships, workplace and community?

At this time in our life we are seeing historic levels of division. We are seeing social media campaigns target divided groups using algorithms designed to push content that widen the divide. We are seeing political propaganda that attacks people, pulling them away from their shared values and dreams. We are seeing organizations like churches and nonprofits designed to work together yet are fighting for who owns the truth, and often competing for your resources. And did you ever imagine that a piece of cloth about 4 inches by 6 inches could lead to anger, suspicion and hate?

The common denominator in these challenges of division are simply the heart and behaviors of those involved. In each organization, country or movement we either have hearts of people choosing to conduct themselves as people of unity or people of division. It’s possible that deep in our hearts is rejection, hurt, bitterness and envy. We often feel better about ourself if we put others down, which yields fruit of division. It’s possible we are so insecure that aligning with people who are divisive makes us feel less afraid of rejection. Is it possible that we may be unintentionally behaving in a way that fosters division?

Check out this 90 second unity assessment, circle one answer after each statement:

1. I talk about people negatively to others when the person is not in the room.

  1. Always

  2. Often

  3. Sometimes

  4. Never

2. I would rather not say anything than give someone a difficult truth that might hurt the relationship?

  1. Always

  2. Often

  3. Sometimes

  4. Never

3. When I disagree with someone and they make me mad or upset I pray that God would bless them.

  1. Never

  2. Sometimes

  3. Often

  4. Always



4. I take every chance I get to honor people to others.

  1. Never

  2. Sometimes

  3. Often

  4. Always

5. I realize sometimes that I may not have the best idea or that I may be wrong.

  1. Never

  2. Sometimes

  3. Often

  4. Always

6. I try to be just like other people in look and language, in an effort to be in unity.

  1. Always

  2. Often

  3. Sometimes

  4. Never

7. When someone speaks to me negatively about another I stop the conversation and direct them to speak to the person they are struggling with.

  1. Never

  2. Sometimes

  3. Often

  4. Always

Using the numbers next to your answer total up your score. 7 - 12 you have wonderful opportunity to live with more unity, 13 - 21 you have some areas to still to explore, 22+ you are leaning into a life of unity.