You Did For Me

  • Cast Number: 12
  • Run-time: 10 minutes
  • Bible Reference: Matthew 25:40

the least of these. God is everywhere, and in every situation we find ourselves in. When we show a kindness to anyone we are showing a kindness to God. Even a small cup of cold water.
Two options (regular and child actor)
Option 1
Narrator (may be offstage): When Jesus comes to judge the world, He will sit on His throne in glory, and He will put the righteous people on His right side, and will say to them, “Come, you who are blessed by my father; take your reward, for I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you visited me.”
(Enter Rachel, Beth, S. and C. Beth, S., and C stand with backs to audience, upstage, when have no lines.)
Rachel (praying): Jesus, I want to ask you something. I just don't understand why you made the world such a sad place. Take Elizabeth Brown, for example. She’s a single mother on welfare, and she can hardly even afford anything to eat. Do you know what she said to me after church this morning?
Beth: Uh, good morning, Rachel.
Rachel: Good morning, Elizabeth.
Beth: I haven’t been coming here very long, you know. Does this church have any kind of a food bank, or something to help a person who’s kind of short on grocery money this month?
Rachel: Uh, I’m not sure. You can ask the deacons or somebody. (Beth turns away. Rachel prays again.) I could have offered to help her out; I almost invited her and her children to lunch, but I don’t want to get involved with everybody who needs a handout. Why do there seem to be so many single mothers and people on welfare attending our church? Why can’t you fix it so that they at least have enough to eat?
Beth (turning head around): Why didn’t you feed me?
Rachel: And then there's Mrs. Swanson. She’s always sick, even though she isn’t really that old. Today I had to drop by her place after church again.
(Pantomimes knocking on door. S. answers.)
S: Oh, hello Rachel.
Rachel: Hello, Mrs. Swanson. The elders asked me to bring you a tape of this morning’s service, and to tell you that we’re all praying for you to be healed.
S: Why, thank you, Rachel. Would you like to come in for a minute? I'm not contagious, you know.
Rachel: Sorry, Mrs. Swanson, I have to get going. (Back to prayer, S. turns away.) Mrs. Swanson hasn’t been to a church service for months now. She’s always, sick, and she has no family in town, so she always has to stay at home alone, trying to take care of herself. Why can’t you make her better, or at least send someone to help take care of her?
S (turning head): Why didn't you care for me?
Rachel: In other countries it’s even worse, Jesus. I couldn’t believe what that guest speaker was telling us this morning about the all persecution that’s happening in hiscountry, and all the close friends of his who are now in prison. I told him afterwards that his sermon really touched me.
C: Good morning.
Rachel: Good morning, Mr. C. I just want you to know that I’m really impressed by the work your agency is doing, and I’ll be praying for you and your country, and for all for your fellow refugees over here.
C: Thank you, sister. An as I said in my sermon, there are many things you can do to help us more. Even a small donation can help care for a family whose father is in prison, or perhaps you could sponsor a refugee. But, even if you cannot do these things, you can serve the Lord and help us out a little bit as a volunteer.
Rachel: I’m pretty busy, but I’ll see about it sometime. (C turns away.)All those people who are fleeing that country, Jesus, and so many imprisoned for their faith. Why can’t you change things for those people?
C: Why did you not help us, or welcome us?
Rachel: I just don't see why you can't help all these people, Jesus.(Beth, S., and C slowly turn completely around.) And why can't you talk to us and explain everything to us, so we can really understand. You came down on earth back in Bible times, so why can't you do it again? Why can’t you show yourself to us?
All three (in unison, all looking at Rachel by this time): Why didn't you recognize me?
Narrator: Then the righteous will answer Him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you? When did we welcome you, or visit you?”And He will say, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Option 2
YOU DID FOR ME - CHILD ACTORS' VERSION
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