James 1: 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Cast: 1 M, 3T: Youth Pastor (Mark), Teen 1, Teen 2, Teen 3 (can use extras if needed or desired)
1 full length mirror or a large foil wrapped cardboard with taped edges in gold or black or whatever is available. Can make it as elaborate as imagination allows.
Props: sign "Mirror, Mirror -- Shows all truth."
The youth pastor (Mark) has placed a full length mirror in the classroom where the teens usually meet with a sign that says "Mirror, Mirror -- shows all truth." Some of the teens come in early and look at the mirror, read the sign, and try to figure it out.
I have left blanks for the teen’s name o they could be either male or female. A fictitious name or even a teen’s real name could be used.
Teen 1: Hey, check out this mirror.
[the teens all look at the mirror, front, back, close, far – lots of movement around the mirror].
Teen 2: I wonder what Brother Mark is up to this time.
Teen 3: Yeah, he is certainly the king of the object lesson.
Teen 1: The sign says, "mirror, mirror – shows all truth."
Teen 2: So I guess I’ll find out for myself. Mirror, mirror – show me the truth.
Teen 3: What do you see?
Teen 2: I don’t see anything really.
[looks closely at mirror and backs up].
Teen 2: Oh!
Teen 1: [laughs] So what did you see? [looks at Teen 2].
Teen 2: Well not too much really.
[stares at the mirror, looks worried].
Mark: Hey I see you found the mirror.
Teen 3: Yeah, what’s up with it? Did you get it from a fun house?
Mark: Well, like it says, it shows truth. Let’s turn over to the book of James 1:23, "For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass."
Teen 3: All I see is myself.
[struts while admiring self in the mirror].
And what I am seeing is certainly not hard on the eyes.
Mark: Well like the verse teaches…
Teen 2: It shows all the flaws?
Teen 2: Yeah, like stuff you do wrong.
Mark: Tell us about it. _______ what do you see?
Teen 2: I see the mirror knows everything!
Teen 1: What do you mean – knows everything?
Teen 2: Well like when my mom and I argue – it makes me feel like that.
Mark: So, _______ what you are saying is that you look into this mirror and you see yourself like you had just argued with your mom and what you are seeing is how you feel when that happens.
Teen 2: Yes, something like that.
Teen 1: [looks closer into the mirror].
Oh no, I think I understand now.
Teen 3: Are you seeing it too?
Teen 1: I don’t think we really need to go there. Bro. Mark said we are looking at our "natural face."
[Emphasis on "natural face"].
Teen 3: And what, your "natural face" is in big trouble too?
[Emphasis on "natural face"].
Teen 2: You’re a fine one to talk – what did you see?
Teen 1: Well like _____ said – just stuff you do wrong. You should know Bro. Mark, you brought this magic mirror in here.
Mark: Actually, this is not a magic mirror at all. It is just a normal everyday mirror – I found it at a garage sale and thought I might be able to use it. You all know how much I love object lessons. You see what the Bible is saying is that our face shows how we live and even though we try to hide our faults with new clothes, makeup, hairstyles, or whatever else. We can never hide what is inside and that shows in our countenance or on our face -- so in a mirror we see it – plain and simple.
Teen 3: This is not a magic mirror?
Mark: Not at all – just an ordinary mirror, like what you have at home.
Teen 2: So what we have at home is just as revealing as this one?
Mark: It can be. Your face shows when you are sad, happy, depressed. If those things go on long enough…
Teen 3: It gets stuck.
Mark: Something like that. But anyway, we need to remember what God’s Word says about the person who does God’s will – this person is "blessed indeed."
Mark: The Bible teaches that what God really wants is for us to be conformed or changed into the image of Jesus and no longer our own image.
Teen 3: How can that happen? We can’t all look like Jesus.
Mark: Sure we can. When we surrender more of ourselves to God, He begins to work more in our lives. The Bible gives the example of silver or gold being melted and the trash or the things of this world is taken out – then the metal becomes more pure -- "conformed to the image of his Son." That is God’s plan for each of us. So we look like Jesus on the inside.
Teen 2: So, like you first said, when we hear God’s Word and also do what it says…
Teen 3: Then we look our best!
Mark: Something like that – it just happens when we give our best to the Lord – it truly shows. We are then "doers of the word and we are blessed."