The Root of “Wants”

Why do we buy the things we buy?The Root of “Wants”

Why do we buy the things we buy? Why does the person choose to buy a $400,000 car as compared to buying a $40,000 car? They both accomplish the basic needs of transportation. Why does a person buy a $4,000 purse as compared to buying a purse at Walmart for $25? Again, they accomplish the same task of carrying your items. What is the definition between want and need? I think the answer is found in materialism. We are concerned about what others think of us. What is profoundly strange is, we care about the perception of others who don’t even know us. The man driving a luxury car envisions others sitting at the stoplight looking over and being impressed by their car. A woman walking in the mall with her $5,000 purse carries it in a manner so that other women can see it. Women she doesn’t even know. Materialism is the root of these purchases. Materialism shakes us from buying an item to satisfy a need versus buying an item we want to impress others. Scripture speaks about this topic in detail.

Luke 12:15

Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

2 Corinthians 4:18

So we fix our eyes on not what is seen, but on the unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal

Matthew 6:21

For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also.

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