What Does 1 Corinthians 12:11 Mean?

All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

1 Corinthians 12:11(ESV)

Verse Thoughts

How very different are the gifts and ministration that are conferred on each believer by the Holy Spirit. Each Christian is a member of Christ’s body and each is uniquely empowered by the Spirit to perform his own special ministry, which God has foreordained for each of us to do - to His praise and His glory.

The Spirit, in His sovereign power gives His favours freely and bestows His various gifts and graces upon each of His children – in accordance with His own will, as He chooses and without favour or prejudice and God's gifts as well as His calling is irrevocable.

Gifts are not acquired by our own industry, achieved by our own manipulations, or awarded due to our own worthiness or merit. We have no reason to be proud or smug about our God-given gift, nor jealous of the God-given endowments the Spirit has been pleased to bestow upon others, for each receives that which is right and best in God’s sight, and each one is blessings bestowed, because of His loving-kindness and gracious-mercy.

We should rejoice that our names are written in heaven, praising Him that He has regarded us with His loving-kindness and tender-mercies. We should be like-minded, having love for one another, being one in spirit and of one mind.

We should do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit but rather in humility, we should value others above ourselves and in humility of mind we should regard one another as more important than ourselves, to His glory.

My Prayer

Loving Father, I thank You that I am part of Your body and for the gracious gifts You have graciously bestowed on each one of Your children. I pray that I may use the gifts You have given me to encourage and edify the body of Christ to Your praise and glory, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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