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IT’S YOUR CHOICE - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: decide whom to serve
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 19:16-30, Joshua 24:15
Style: allegory/spoof on game show: like
. "Let's Make a Deal," where a contestant
. has to choose between worldly things
. or heavenly things
Cast: HOST, SELMA, SUSAN,
. AUDIENCE MEMBERS (at least 2)
Set & Props: microphone, boxes with appropriate words,
. 2 pieces of fabrics to cover box fronts
(HOST grabs a mic and looks out into the audience.)
HOST Welcome back to “It’s Your Choice.”
. Let’s see... who are we going to pick this time?
(Predetermined AUDIENCE MEMBER/S and SUSAN
jump up and down with excitement.)
A 1 Me-me, pick me, (etc.)
(HOST points to SUSAN with the mic.)
HOST How about you? Stand up. What is your name,
. young lady?
SUSAN (stands up, jumping) Susan.
HOST Well, Susan. It’s your turn to make a choice.
. How do you feel?
HOST You have a big decision to make!
. Selma, show us the first box, please.
(SELMA takes the fabric away from the first big box
which has the following words on it:
“Forgiveness, Love, Faith, Hope, Strength, Peace, Joy,
Thankfulness, and ______?” SUSAN jumps slightly for
joy and squeals more and more with each description.)
HOST This box contains Forgiveness, Love, Faith,
. Hope, Strength, Peace, Joy, Thankfulness
. and something else, but OTHER things
. come with it, too. You’re going to need:
. Forgiveness because of sin and hurt in your life;
. You’ll need Love because you’ll be expected
. to love everyone, including all your enemies;
. Faith is need for the confusion that you feel;
. Hope because there will be bad situations;
. Strength because you will be weak, scared, angry,
. and sick; Peace for times of war and destruction;
. Joy for times of sadness and depression; and
. you’ll need Thankfulness because you won't
. have much. All of this because you'll have
. the life of a servant. AND you will get
. whatever else is inside that box –
. which will remain a mystery for now.
. Because NOW I want to show you 7 other boxes.
. (to SELMA) Selma, the other boxes, please.
(SELMA removes the fabric from the 7 small boxes.
OST reads them off as she does... SUSAN gets excited
with each new box.)
HOST (box 1) Fame – as a movie star, pop idol,
. or athlete, and everyone will envy you.
. (box 2) Beauty - a plastic surgeon will be at your
. disposal, as well as a few fine beauty products.
. (box 3) Power – people will do whatever you say!
. (box 4) Security – a car and home security system
. as well as a personal body guard to put you at ease.
. (box 5) Happiness – which involves being invited
. to the greatest parties of the most popular people.
. (box 6) Riches – all the wealth you can imagine!
. (box 7) And a FREE PASS to do anything you want!
. It’s your choice. You now get to choose -
. the first box? Or – ALLLLL these other boxes?
SUSAN ALL of those?
(AUDIENCE MEMBERS 1&2 stand up to argue and cheer SUSAN on.)
A 1 Take all of those!
A 2 Are you crazy, you don’t know what’s inside!
SUSAN It’s so tempting. 3
HOST You're guaranteed to get what's on the boxes,
. as well as what’s inside.
A 1 Take all the little boxes.
A 2 No! It looks too good to be true.
SUSAN But – the question is - what ARE in the boxes?
HOST What will it be? I need your decision now.
SUSAN The – first box!
A 1 Awwww.
HOST Okay, Susan has chosen the first box.
. Let’s first see what’s inside the boxes
. that she did not pick.
(SELMA lifts up each box as the HOST goes through them.
There's nothing underneath. As they go, SUSAN shows relief.)
HOST With fame – people will envy you, but your life
. will be filled with empty relationships.
. Beauty which will never allow you to feel good enough.
. Power – will lead to pride and arrogance.
. Security – will not take care of your worries.
. With Happiness - a lifetime of partying only brings
. a self-centered existence with loneliness.
. With Riches – comes greed, and a hunger which will
. never be satisfied. And the free pass to do anything
. you want – leads to a hardened heart.
. And all of these seven things - lead to death.
(SUSAN sighs with relief.)
HOST Are you relieved Susan?
SUSAN I’m very relieved.
HOST Are you sure, because you still haven’t seen
. what’s inside the first box.
SUSAN I kind of think that I will love it,
. no matter what it is.
HOST Such confidence. Well, let’s see. The first box:
. came with Forgiveness - which is a freedom
. from your sins, resentment and bitterness.
. Love – from a selfless God who wants the best for you.
. Faith - giving you purpose. Hope - to give
. you confidence in your present and future.
. Strength to help when you are weak, scared, angry
. or sick. Peace instead of worrying. Joy brings
. a positive outlook. And you'll be Thankful –
. because you will be content with what you have
. here on earth. But also, God will give you –
(SELMA lifts box to show a sign reading: “Gifts and rewards!
HOST Gifts which will equip you to serve God
. and others – because you will WANT to,
. which will only enhance your life.
. And for your service, God will give you rewards.
. And if that weren’t enough, God is giving you
. a brand new, perfect home! Up in heaven where
. you will have perfect, eternal Life with Him.
SUSAN Oh, this is too much. It’s so wonderful.
. This is so great.
HOST (to congregation) And I have news for
. all of you out there... You all have this same deal
. and – “It’s Your Choice”!