(This play can have all sorts of scenery and elaborate movements for comedic effects.)The scene opens up with a very large bowl standing in mid stage. A set of cabinets stands to the side with an assortment of spices on it. A chef is standing on a short ladder next to the bowl with a huge spoon stirring inside the bowl. The chef quietly pulls out the spoon and tastes the food.
Chef: Hmmm, this soup is not right. Something is missing.
Chef steps off his ladder and goes to his cupboard. As he does, a variety of foods come from off stage arguing amongst themselves. Among them are ketchup, mustard, onion, green pepper and a banana. They gather center stage in such a way that they are all visible. Ketchup motions with his hand and everyone quiets down.
Ketchup: Chef, we overheard you talking about your soup and we want to help you make it perfect. So we've decided that you need to add a bit of me into the bowl to give it that extra tomatoey kick.
Chef: Ketchup, I do so enjoy you on a plate of fries or on chilli but this is a different type of soup and I need to pick the exact right ingredient. I'm sorry, but I think I won't be able to use you in this particular soup.
All the ingredients begin to argue amongst themselves. Saying things like: 'I knew you weren't the right man for the job.' 'I'm the one he needs' 'Who likes Ketchup anyway?' 'No one is as important as me.' 'I'm the most important.' Etc.
Chef motions with his hand to calm down the crowd. Once everyone is settled down he lines up all the in a row and begins to talk again.
Chef: Every dish and bowl of soup is made exactly perfect in my kitchen. Each one of you is important and each of you have your place.
At this point, Chef is interrupted by Mustard who comes to the front and says:
Mustard: I told you guys that I was the one to put just the right flavour into the soup. I've even heard it said that 'If you are as small as a mustard seed you will be the greatest in the Kingdom Of Heaven - or something like that.'
Chef: Mustard, you are a very special ingredient indeed. You bring a unique flavour to hot dogs and hamburgers. But in this case I need something a little simpler.
All the ingredients start to shout out their own names and say things like, 'I'm the simplest it gets.' and 'I knew I was the one for the job.'
Chef again calmly motions with his hand and starts again.
Chef: Onion, do you remember when I baked the meat loaf last Saturday? Who was the one I needed to bring out all the flavours of the dish?
Chef: Yes, it was you. And green pepper, when I was making pizza yesterday and needed just the right topping to make everything perfect, what did I do?
Green pepper: You took a bit of me!
Chef: That's right! It was ever so good! And banana, when I was trying to satisfy my sweet tooth on Wednesday and decided to have a bowl of ice cream, what was the perfect addition to the dessert.
Banana: I made the dessert perfect!
Chef: Exactly... All this soup needs is a bit of salt.
Chef reaches for the salt off the counter and dumps some into the bowl. He then stirs it around and tastes it.
Chef: Now it's perfect! Why don't you all try a bit?
All the ingredients gather around as Chef pours some in a small bowl for each of them. They eat the soup and all agree that the Chef knew best all along and that they each have a unique part to play in the various dishes Chef makes in his kitchen.
There could be two possible lessons drawn out of this play. The first is for the church as a whole. Everyone in the church has their special place in the family of God. Through our unity and humility God can create marvellous dishes within the church setting as we work together for the common good.
The second lesson that could be derived from this lesson is for the individual and their relationship with God. We need to be in touch with God so that He will help us find our unique place in his family. Sometime we try to squeeze ourselves into places where God never intended for us to be. But only as we wait on Him and obey His special instructions to us will we feel fulfilled as a person and find how our unique giftings impact the family of God and ultimately the world. There is nobody without a purpose but that purpose may not always be clear to us if we don't have a special revelation from God.