Thanks for Nothing – A Thanksgiving Testimony

Join John Seward, a Tyndale employee and faithful follower of Jesus, in celebrating Christ’s faithfulness this Thanksgiving. We hope that John’s testimony and the scripture he shares will encourage you.

I am thankful that 25 years ago, God rescued me from a life of darkness and deceit.

Thankful that on that night God gave me a New Life.
I had not been pursing Him. Quite the opposite.
But, His mercy prevailed.

He did it all. I did nothing.
Nothing I’d done warranted His favor.
Nothing of me was redeemable.

As the hymn-writer says, “Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to the cross I cling.”

There are many precious truths from the bible that highlight this word “nothing.”

Consider some with me.

When I’m aware someone has gotten away with cheating, I’m thankful that…

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before His eyes, and He is the one to whom we are accountable. HEBREWS 4:13

When a relationship with a loved one seems beyond all hope, I am thankful I can believe just like Abraham who…

…believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing. ROMANS 4:17

When I’ve been chastised and attacked because of my faith in Christ, I’m thankful to know that…

…what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later. ROMANS 8:18

When I feel ill-equipped and unable to be effective in ministering to others, I’m thankful that Jesus said…

Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in Me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing. JOHN 5:15

This year, and every year since I’ve been saved, I am thankful that God’s Word for every believer is true when it says…

…nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. ROMANS 8:38-39

Perhaps the next time you hear someone say, “Thanks for nothing,” you’ll be reminded of these precious truths.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Joy Reschke

Joy Reschke

Joy serves as the Digital Marketing Specialist at Tyndale House Publishers. As a digi-hostess, she enjoys interpersonal communication, email marketing, and customer journey mapping. In her spare time, Joy runs, reads, and travels.