The video arcade game, Pac-Man , has been around since 1980 and is considered a classic. Not only is it viewed as a landmark in video game history, but it is even part of the collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC!
The movements of Pac-Man’s enemies seem random. But in fact, they are predetermined. The player knowing them has a distinct advantage. What is surprising about the game is that it emphasizes avoiding enemies rather than fighting them. This game is considered foundational to the stealth games that followed.
In our verse for today, there are vices from which to flee and there are qualities we are to pursue. From the context, “these things” refer to the love of money (verse 10). Somehow, the love of money is a formidable enemy. We do not try to engage it in battle. It is the source of many other evils. Longing for money draws us away from our faith and causes grief. We are to flee. We are to do everything we can to avoid this unhealthy desire that can destroy faith.
Rather than pursuing riches, our lives demonstrate other priorities! The list in our verse sounds very much like the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). The qualities here are intangibles. They do not normally improve our standing in the world or our social status. But in God’s eyes, they are precious as they show that we resemble His Son.
The pull of that enemy, the longing for riches, is a strong one. I need the help of the Spirit to see what is truly valuable in God’s economy. Lord, keep me pursuing what is important to You!
(Look familiar? This is a summer re-post due to ministry schedule.)