So, what did Paul say? He clarified that there are many gifts, and that it was the Holy Spirit that gave those gifts to people in the Body of Christ for the purpose of building up others in their faith. It was not man's decision, it was not man's work. It was the work of God.
"But eagerly desire the greater gifts.
The most excellent way, brothers, is LOVE. It is the greatest FRUIT of the Spirit, which is often ignored completely. LOVE should be pursued before and during our pursuit of any other gifts from God.
The Corinthians, like many of us, had not yet learned how to fly, and were wanting a Lear Jet. They were always concerned about getting the best spiritual gifts. God's best is that we learn how to walk in love as Jesus did, and then He'll bestow on us spiritual gifts we can handle.
We must learn to "follow the way of love" while we "eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy." (1 Cor. 14:1)
I pray that we would discern our spiritual condition in the churches. That each of us would call for the gift of love to be lived out, and that all other gifting would be prayerfully left to the Holy Spirit's direction as we draw closer to Jesus Christ.