When Obedience Cost Me $3,000

Would you be obedient to the Lord if you knew it would cost you $3,000 right away?

Recently, I had to ask myself this question.

Back in May, I attended an event where I felt the Lord come upon me heavily and unexplainably.

He had done this one other time and that was when He totally changed the course and direction of my life.

This time was no different.

I knew what He was calling me to do.

He was calling me to step forward in faith and step down from full-time nursing.

At this event, during a talk on legacy, the Lord said it was time.

I go home and tell my husband what happened and it was no surprise to him. In fact, he had been suggesting it for a few weeks.

But I still wasn’t completely convinced.

I began to doubt whether or not what I felt was just my own desires at play, or if it was God who said it.

I needed confirmation.

I needed God to speak so clearly that I was 100%, without a doubt, sure it was Him.

So one night about a week later when I couldn’t fall asleep, I got up to read my Bible and I asked Him to confirm what He had said.

Then, I read this Scripture that stopped me in my tracks.

“So we see that they were not able to enter [into His rest- the Promised Land] because of unbelief and an unwillingness to trust in God.” -Hebrews 3:19 AMP

Translation: I wasn’t trusting and believing God with the dreams and desires- i.e. the promised land- of my heart. #SHOOK

Right then I highlighted it and I reread it over and over again.

This was it.

This was my confirmation.

So I texted my manager (yes, at 3:00am) and said,

“I need to meet with you today and tell you something that God just told me.”

She texted me back and we met that day.

In our meeting, I told her what I felt like God had said- for me to drop down from full-time- and she said she would set it in motion.


Now, let me say something here about obedience… a phrase that somewhat “haunts” my soul.

Delayed obedience is disobedience.

I knew once God spoke, I had to act immediately.

1) because I believe the phrase above to be 100% true.


2) because I knew the enemy would try to talk me out of it.


Now to tell you how this obedience would cost me $3,000.

When I signed on to work at my current job, I was told I would get at sign-on bonus of $6,000 paid out as…
$3,000 at 6 months,
$1,500 at 12 months
and $1,500 at 18 months.

By changing my status before then, I knew that I would be sacrificing $3,000 along with losing a guaranteed salary.

Some would call this move stupid and irresponsible.

Even I had lots of questions and reservations.

But here’s what I knew to be true:

My God is a God of abundance!!

He owns everything on earth and the entire universe!

And if He was calling me to step out in faith? He would take care of me financially.

I didn’t know how, but I knew I needed to trust Him.


Remember that verse I shared before? About entering into the promised land?

Well, let’s give that some context.

God’s chosen people- the Israelites- had been in slavery in Egypt for 400 years.

God promised the people that He would deliver them from slavery into a land “full of milk and honey”.

Milk and honey = abundance.

But because of their unbelief and unwillingness to trust in God, many of those rescued from Egypt were not able to enter the Promised Land.

So, what does this have to do with me?

If I want to into the “promised land” i.e. abundance,
I mustn’t cling so tightly to $3,000 i.e. Egypt and the slavery
when He could bless me with so much more for my obedience.

So I obeyed.

Believing in the “more” God had for me.


Fast forward 4 months.

Miraculously, I was able to get my sign on bonus!!!

Say what, Lord?!?!

Had this been His plan all along?

To honor and bless my obedience by still allowing me to be paid that money?

I truly believe that was His thought process all along.


So I ask you:

Would you be obedient knowing it would cost you
but believing there is more on the other side of obedience?

As for me, I am continuing to believe in the MORE.


“Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

“I’m no longer a slave to fear. I am a child of God.”
No Longer Slaves, Jonathan & Melissa Helser