5 Ways Christians Can Relate to Shovel Knight

Christians and Shovel Knight

For those of you that don’t know, Shovel Knight is an epic platformer created by Yacht Club Games. Although the game appears to be from the late 80’s, it was actually released in June of 2014. Shovel Knight is a love letter to retro gaming, and emulates some of my favorite classic NES titles (Such as MegaMan, Zelda 2, and Mario 3). Shovel Knight is currently available on 3DS, Wii U, and PC.

In previous Gamerfaith articles we’ve talked about:

Today we will be digging into Shovel Knight and trying to find real life applications we can derive from this epic side scroller! Sharpen thy shovels!

On a side note: If you want to see Shovel Knight in action, check out our gaming channel on Youtube! On that channel you can find a Shovel Knight Let’s Play/Playthrough! If you want to join in on the adventure, go check it out!

1. Pick a Destination

After the opening cutscene and intro level are completed, Shovel Knight is brought to a large Mario-Three-Esque world map. As Shovel Knight (AKA you the player) progresses towards the final destination (the tower of fate), there are many occasions where there are several available levels to pick from.

  • Should I go to the Explodatorium to fight Plague Knight?
  • Maybe I should head to the Iron Whale to stop the Treasure Knight instead…
  • I could stop by the village and see if upgrades are available for my health.

You get the idea. Shovel Knight gives you options in the way you play the game. No matter what order you do something in, however, you are still making progress towards your goal. The important thing is that you are playing the game and making progress.

As ridiculous as it may sound, sometimes in life we get stuck on the world map. We may ask ourselves:

  • Should I go to this college?
  • Should I take this job?
  • Should I pursue this opportunity?

These crossroads in life can be exhausting and confusing. I have personally struggled with this on many occasions, and have discovered something very important. Don’t pull your hair out trying to figure out what you are supposed to/are destined to do. God is in control.

Philippians 4:4-9 (ESV)

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me–practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Read all of Philippians 4 here!

From my experience, if you want to follow God’s will for your life, spend your time doing the things that bring you closest to Him. Focus your energy on following Him, and growing closer to Him. Spend time with Him and talk to Him. Make Him your priority and everything else will fall into place.

Read more about this topic here!

2. Dig Deeper

In Shovel Knight, it’s all about the treasure. The more treasure that you have, the more you can upgrade yourself. That means that when you get more gems you can also get:

  • More Health
  • Better Items
  • Better Armor
  • Stronger Shovel Moves

So how do you get treasure? Among many other things, you explore every nook and cranny of the levels you explore. There are often hidden treasures behind walls or in secret rooms. If you just run through the level without paying attention, you miss out on the treasure (and consequently your Shovel Knight will not be as strong).

When it comes to our relationship with God, we shouldn’t aim to do the minimum requirements. We need to dig deeper. Spend more time exploring the Bible. We need to strive to understand what we are reading. We need to explore every nook and cranny! The Bible becomes much more amazing, when you actually take the time to understand it.

3. Love Your Enemies

When Shovel Knight encounters his evil enemies (The Order of No Quarter) he tries to convince them to stop their evil ways. He cares about his enemies. He doesn’t want to hurt them, he wants to help them.

Loving your enemies can be extremely difficult, but it is a very important command that Christians should be striving to follow. God’s love should be apparent in any Christian.

Matthew 5:38-48 (ESV)

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Read all of Matthew 5 here!

4. Work Together

Before things went terribly wrong, Shovel Knight traveled the land with his partner Shield Knight. Together, Shovel knight and Shield Knight were much better off. What I’m trying to say is… They had each other’s backs.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (ESV)

9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him–a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Read all of Ecclesiastes 4 here!

Proverbs 27:17 (ESV)

17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

Read all of Proverbs 27 here!


5. Collect Treasure That Matters

As mentioned above, treasure is more than just sparkly diamonds and gems in Shovel Knight. Treasure is a means to grow stronger and progress in your quest.

If you are going to be a treasure hunter like Shovel Knight or Shield Knight, be sure that you are seeking treasure that actually matters.

Matthew 6:19-34 (ESV)

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! 24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Read all of Matthew 6 here!

Thanks for taking the time to read this article! Go grab a shovel, and start digging deep into a relationship with God! It’s completely worth it, and will lead you to treasure that actually matters!

Love you guys! I’m praying for you!


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  • Jacob says:

    This has helped me! Phiippians 4:6 (ESV) and Proverbs 21:17 (ESV) are some of my favorite verses! They’ve helped me to write my story better!

    • Caleb Nisley says:

      I love those verses too, Jacob! How is the story coming along? Keep me updated, and thanks for taking the time to leave me this encouragement! It means a lot!

      • Jacob says:

        The story is at six chapters long so far- you can probably wonder why they’re taking a long time:
        morals, fight scenes (yes, my Christian story has battles in it…. *sighs*), an occasional death (so far only one, and a few have been referenced. There will be few deaths in this story- need to keep it “teen-friendly”.).

        The villains are fine-ish representations of evil- one of them going so far as taking a character to lunch; where they’re the lunch. That’s the only death so far, but I don’t want to spoil any more.

        • Jacob says:

          *laughs nervously* Yeah.. Stories will have their sad moments. I
          ‘m a fifteen year-old teen (soon to be sixteen), and… Death is a part of life- but I try to not show it in a good light.

          Isamu is the kind of character who spares his enemies.

          …what are your opinions?

    • Jacob says:

      Hey there, Caleb. I’m in a bit of a pickle. And it has to do with my story.

      In chapter 10, one of the main characters dies. But I don’t want to give up on him that easily.
      God is a god of second chances, right? Would it be appropriate if I brought him back to life because “he has a better and greater purpose”?

      • Caleb Nisley says:

        Hey Jacob! I think that it depends partially on how the character is resurrected! Tolkien, a Christian man, brought Gandalf back in a tasteful way. I think that it would be completely fine, as long as it is done in the right way, and I believe you could do that!

        I’m still working through Okami, and it is still great! Keep up the good work!

        • Jacob says:

          Really? You like Okami that much?
          Hmm… I know that I’m trying to not be “overly-preachy” (sorry if offense was taken) with the Christian morals (which are- to me- usually shown through a character’s actions and development), but I’m wondering if you noticed any of these… morals and/or values. I really hope that I at least get the message out.

          (If I help someone mentally, physically or spiritually, that’s a God-given, wonderful bonus that I’m happy to produce. :D)

        • Jacob says:

          Hey, Caleb.

          Just curious.
          You remember the post I asked about feeling inadequate?
          Well, you said that my story brought joy to your heart. Hearing that brings joy to mine.

          But I’m just wondering… how DOES my story bring joy to your heart?
          Is it because I’m writing for the glory of God or is it an entirely different reason altogether?

  • Jacob says:

    Hey, Caleb.

    How’ve you been?

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