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RELEASING YOUR BURDENS - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: burdens, give everything to God
SCRIPTURE: Ps.68:19, Matt.11:28-30, Gal.5:1
Style: allegory/conversation: people drag different
. sized boxes around with various labels.
. Some let go (giving them to God),
. others have a difficult time,
. while others are too pious to admit
. they have any sins or burdens.
Cast: PERSON 1, 2, 3, 4
Set & Props: - 11 boxes pulled by a string
. (each box is labeled with a word,
. in order of size biggest to smallest:
. pride, hypocrisy, slander, bitterness,
. pride, worry, impatience, marriage problems,
. drugs, finances, anger)
. - podium or something big enough
. to hide the 4 biggest boxes
(PERSON 1 poses beside the podium, secretly holding
the strings to the pride, hypocrisy, slander and
bitterness boxes, which can be stacked.
PERSON 1 watches as PERSON 2 drags the worry and
impatience boxes behind them. PERSON 3 walks on,
empty handed and approaches PERSON 2.)
P3 Hey, why don’t you give your burdens to Jesus?
(PERSON 2 drops the string in her hand. She walks away
but rushes right back to pick up the string.)
P2 Oh, wait. If I don’t hold on to these,
. I may not be able to control them.
(PERSON 3 then looks over at PERSON 1.)
P3 Have you given your burdens to Jesus?
P1 (indignantly) Yes! I don’t have any burdens.
. I’m not perfect, of course, but at least
. I’m not like that guy over there.
. (disgusted) And he calls himself a Christian!
(PERSON 1 motions over PERSON 4 who is about to enter.
PERSON 3 sees PERSON 4 enter dragging the pride,
marriage problems, drugs, finances, and anger boxes
behind him, really struggling with the weight of them.
PERSON 4 finally stops to wipe his brow.)
P3 Hey, let me help you with some of those.
(PERSON 3 also grabs the strings of PERSON 4
and helps to pull the boxes.)
P3 So have you ever tried
. giving your burdens to Jesus?
P3 Why don’t you try it?
P4 I’ve just – never really thought about it.
. Can you DO that?
(PERSON 3 nods his head.)
P4 It’s not that I really LIKE these things.
(PERSON 4 drops all his strings and steps away.)
P4 This is great!
. I can’t believe how free I feel.
. Wow! Okay, it IS possible.
. Thanks for telling me.
(As PERSON 4 walks off, PERSON 2 turns to PERSON 3.)
P2 Why can’t I do that?
P1 Do what I do,
. just realize God doesn't want you
. doing those things, and just STOP
. doing all those things!
P3 (ignoring P1, gently to P2)
. You have to ask yourself,
. why can't you trust God enough
. to take care of all your burdens?
P2 I keep giving my burdens to God, 3
. but then I panic
. and take them all right back again.
P3 Do you think you’ll feel uncomfortable
. WITHOUT your burdens?
P2 I guess, my burdens do seem comfortable
. because they're familiar.
. And I like to be in control.
P3 Do you think that worrying
. really makes a difference?
P2 No, it does not.
. And I usually find that
. I’ve worried about something
. all for nothing.
P1 I'll be praying for you.
. You know, you REALLY shouldn't
. be teaching Sunday School until you become
. more disciplined in your walk with God.
P2 You know, I feel so guilty as it is.
. You’d think it would be enough
. to make me stop sinning.
P3 (to P2) Oh! Well, guilt should not
. be what motivates you.
. It should be your love and trust in God.
. Do you believe that God is all-powerful
. and is in control?
P3 Except-your actions say otherwise.
. You do understand what “all-powerful” means?
. God is WAY stronger than you OR your problems.
P2 You know, that's right!
. (drops strings and walks away)
. Why did I think that I could handle my problems
. better than God could? This IS great.
(PERSON 3 looks over at PERSON 1.)
P3 I SEE your burdens, you know. 4
P1 How DARE you say that to me.
. I’ve told you, I don’t have any.
. I’m a mature Christian
. who has served many years in the church.
P3 Sin is sin. Pride - being one of them.
. No one is perfect until they reach heaven.
. We should always be open to learning –
. or relearning –
. because we TEND to forget things.
(PERSON 1 starts to walk off, pulling all their
heavy boxes behind them.)
P1 Speak for yourself!
. Now - go and find someone
. who actually needs some help.
P3 Have you given all your burdens to Jesus?
. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus says to us,
. “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened,
. and I will give you rest.”