This chapter starts out strong, bringing our intention to Christ’s humanity, in which we are called to his example, but also the example of those who originally followed him. We see throughout Acts the life the apostles lived with one another; as the book points out, “they had all things in common.” Not only in spirit, but physically they made sure none went without. The metaphor of the body used throughout the New Testament and in this chapter is a great visual when understanding this way of life in community. One part of the body can not ignore the needs of the other parts, or else the whole body could suffer as a consequence. The only problem with that idea is that we do not do it out of necessity but out of our love for one another. This is why we are not just any community but a community joined together in God, joined together in love incarnate, in that we are less concerned with how we are affected if something is wrong within our community but more concerned with how our companions are affected out of pure concern and care for their wellbeing. This is why we are the light to the world, the purest example of love that has no ulterior motive but to lift up our neighbor.
In our community, we do not share physical things in common. However, through the Founding Document, we share our selves, our morals, and our missions in common to the greater goal of lifting up one another and being there for everyone in the community, both individually and as a whole.