Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. 28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.
— 1 Corinthians 12:27-31.
In the body of Christ, people have been divinely enabled to perform various ministries planned by God, starting with apostles, prophets, and teachers. Paul reminds them to earnestly desire the best gifts, the superior among all the gifts, namely love. This is dealt with more fully in chapter 13.