Pretend, you do not have what others have. They are “perfect ” – you must achivee their perfection and your eyes want what they have. By hook or crook you strive for them. Some are killed in the process.
Lust of the eye” refers to inordinately desiring things that our eyes see (see Aachan in Josh. 7:21). Tlhere is nothing wrong with owning and even enjoying material objects. But this easily becomes a form of idolatry so that we derive our sense of meaning, significance, security, etc. from owning and enjoying them .
Materialism includes not just people. It also is a crucial part of the American dream (“PERSONAL PEACE & AFFLUENCE”).
We do not need to have a lot of possessions to be materialistic, materialism is a mindset. We find ourselves consumed with thoughts of wanting more rather than considering how thankful we are for what we have and how we can use our resources to serve others.
Remember that materialism is competitive for many. It’s not important to have a nice car, but to have a “nicer” one than the next guy. For others, it is the pursuit of comfortable living (the absence of material suffering) that drives it.
What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the world and lose his own soul?
Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full into His wonderful face