Even Christians get caught up in aspects of the desire for things; it is easy to do.
Once we have our daily needs fulfilled and begin to find we have a little extra money for an extra thing or two; then three; then four . . . etc. we are in danger of filling our lives with unnecessary “things”. Or, we find we can afford a bigger house or a better car and so it goes. It may come to pass we discover we are flirting with becoming greedy. What then could make it worse, we may compare our behavior to others who may have become obsessed with “things”, “wealth” and “luxuries” way beyond our level of materialism. So we might smuggly think, “I may be a little materialistic but NOT LIKE them . . . “.
You get the picture. Perhaps it is a good time to review what the Word of GOD teaches and compare how we behave with GOD’s standard:
Hebrews 13:5 ESV
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
1 John 2:16 ESV
For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.
But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
This temptation and its negative effects are nothing new:
Proverbs 22:7 ESV
The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.
The symbols for wealth may change but the internal desire and attitude is the same.