Summary: A Christian wants to be an imitator of Christ, but somehow is getting the wrong end of the stick.
Style: Light-hearted. Duration: 3min
Actors: 2 M/F
Scripture: Ephesians 5:1
(Person 1 approaches front of church from one direction, Person 2 from the other. Person 1 is engrossed in a book. They bump into each other.)
Person 1: Oh sorry, I didn’t see you there.
Person 2: That’s okay. What are you reading so intently?
Person 1: Hebrew for Dummies
Person 2: What? Why do you want to read that?
Person 1: I want to be more like Jesus! So I figure I should learn to talk like him.
Person 2: (slightly puzzled) Oh, sure. That makes sense. How’s it going?
Person 1: It’s tough. Listen to this. (very exaggerated pronunciation) Be-Kohl Zot Lanoo Rack Ello Eem Eck Ad. Man, every time I try to say something it feels like I’m clearing my throat.
Person 2: (wiping off glasses or face) I can see where that might be a problem.
Person 1: Still, it’s easier than finding a coarse robe and cloak.
Person 2: Why do you need them?
Person 1: To dress like Jesus, obviously. If I want to be more like Him, I have to dress like Him. But I can’t find anything at Target or Wal-Mart that’s even close.
Person 2: I not sure that’s how it’s supposed to work.
Person 1: Well, I don’t want to take any chances of missing anything. I’m going to learn His language, wear His clothes. I might even grow a beard. Hey, you want to join me for lunch like Him?
Person 2: (unsure) Ah, maybe. What are you having?
Person 1: I need to eat like Him, so I guess I’m having locusts and wild honey
Person 2: I think that was His cousin
Person 1: Really? Well that’s a relief. That means I can stick with having loaves and fish. He could whip up a batch of those pretty quick. And figs. He really liked figs. He got pretty mad at an empty fig tree one time.
Person 2: (getting more confused) Why are you doing all this again?
Person 1: I said I want to be more like Jesus! I’ve got to act just like Him. That’s why I’m going to become a carpenter.
Person 2: A carpenter?
Person 1: Yup. Either that or a fishing guide. Apparently He was pretty good at telling people where to catch fish.
Person 2: Where did you get the idea you had to do all this?
Person 1: I read Ephesians 5:1 – Be imitators of Christ. So I figured I should start imitating everything about Him I could.
Person 2: I think you’re missing the point. Being an imitator of Christ isn’t talking about just your outward actions; that’s just going through the motions. It’s talking about an internal change; having a heart like Jesus, caring for people, seeking God, living in the Holy Spirit.
Person 1: Oh, wow, that makes so much sense. It’s who I am as a person that matters, not just acting a certain way on the outside.
Person 2: Now you’re getting it.
Person 1: (sudden realization) Oh man, I gotta go!
Person 2: Why? What’s wrong?
Person 1: I’ve gotta get rid of those 6 water jugs full of wine before my mom sees them! (or wife, depending on age of Person 1)
(Person 1 runs off stage and out door. Person 2 sighs, shakes head, goes out the other direction.)
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