Addiction to accumulation is the norm. Accumulation is a high priority in our society, and without a strict discipline to ward it off, it just happens. I was putting my son to bed last night and he said, “Dad, why don’t I get a new CD player for my room like Sissy?” My response, “Because the one she had broke so she got a new one for Christmas.” Elijah, “But I want a new one now that she has a new one.”
The Bible uses a stronger word than accumulation: Greed. “Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.” (Is 56:11) The sin nature in all of us craves for more and more. If we have two cars, we want three. If we own a house, we want to own a bigger one. If we have a three pairs of jeans we want four, and on and on. Jesus talked about the consequences of making accumulation our focus in his teaching about the 4 Soils. “But the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.” (Mark 4:19)
The only way out of this cultural (and sin nature) cycle is to have a stronger desire for “accumulation” of Jesus. The deeper we go with Him the less attention we give to the accumulation of things. As He is our central focus, the “desires for other things” begin to fall away.