And the Lord said unto Moses, What is that in thine hand? – Exodus 4:2
IF any man would be more abundantly used of the Lord in His blessed service, let him seek first to be fitted for it more and more. Let him imitate that beloved and honored servant, Moses, in meekness, humility, energy and untiring zeal and self-sacrificing service of the Lord. But the wise steward will seek always to cultivate along the lines of his natural abilities, and not expect the Lord to work a miracle for his advancement, and so waste valuable time seeking to develop that which he does not by nature possess. Z. ’94-143 R1651:5 Let us each, therefore, seek by humility, by zeal, by love for the Lord and for His cause, by faith in His power, to be in that condition of heart and mind which will make us ready to be used, and useful in any department of the divine service to which the Lord may be pleased to call us. Z. ’01-348 R2904:4
There’s a verse in the Bible that says that your gifts will take you before kings. Your gifts represent the answer to God’s question to Moses, ‘What is in your hand?’ And the reading above says that it is a waste of time seeking to develop that which by nature you do not posses. That we should instead seek to cultivate along the lines of our natural abilities.
So, what are your natural abilities? What are the things you did not have to sit in a classroom to acquire? Those are the things you need to invest your time and resources to because you will shine brightest there. At times it’s clear to know what our natural abilities are. At times it takes other people to help us figure that out. But once you do, then put all your energies to it. Invest in the gift. Know all you can about it, and see if it will not take you before kings.
The things you naturally possess; the thing in your hand is your fastest route to becoming the best version of you! Moses had a staff in his hand, and that is what God used. Give God that which you have in your ‘hand’ and watch the waters of the sea part!