Fractals are interesting things. According to yourdictionary.com, a fractal is “an extremely irregular line or surface formed of an infinite number of similarly irregular sections”.
One of the simplest illustrations of a fractal I’ve seen is a Y with another Y added at the tip of each of the arms, then another Y at the tip of each of those arms, etc, etc, ad infinitum. The overall effect is still a Y, as you look at it from a distance. It’s only as you get closer that you begin to see the smaller Y’s that make up the large one.
This, Father showed me, is a picture of the body of Christ:
Each of us is one of those little Y’s, whole and entire in itself.
Each family, each fellowship of believers, is a Y made up of smaller Y’s.
The body in any given geographical location is yet a larger Y made up of the smaller fellowship Y’s.
The entire world church is the ultimate Y – the complete body of Christ, composed of each individual person, fellowship, region, continent.
Just as inside each of us are all the organs we need to function, so also, inside each fellowship, are all the organs it needs to function as light and salt to the surrounding community.
Inside the body in a geographical region are all the organs it needs to change that region.
Inside the whole body of Christ is everything it needs to change the world.
We, however, are so busy arguing over, and trying to prove, which organ or hand or foot or whatever we are, that we don’t see that we are to be the whole body, not just one organ. (How would you, or any human, function if you were nothing but a hand or a liver?)
Each local body needs to have all its parts, and have them functioning correctly. But it also needs to see that it is but one part of the whole body.
Instead of each fellowship focusing on one aspect or facet of ‘bodyhood’, it should be all of the body where it is. (This doesn’t mean it should be pushing out other churches, though.)
Here we go fractal again!
Each individual in the body should be encouraged to become whole, fully functioning, and joined with the others in the body, so the fellowship can be whole and fully functioning.
At the same time, the fellowship, while seeking to be the whole body, needs to hook up with others in its region (and ultimately the world) to make up the larger picture of Him that we are supposed to be!
Instead of competing, let’s become whole, become a perfect Y; then join with others to become a larger Y, and yet larger and larger, until the whole body is ‘fitly framed together’ (Eph.2:21, 4:11-16).
Thus the body will grow, and grow healthily. Thus it will change the world.
May you be blessed with wisdom, understanding, and wholeness, as you begin to take your place as one fractal in the whole body of Christ.