Matthew 5:6 (AMPC)
6 Blessed and fortunate and happy and spiritually prosperous (in that state in which the born-again child of God enjoys His favor and salvation) are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God), for they shall be completely satisfied!
Not only is this a key to happiness, but I think it is also a great test for our relationship with Christ. What are we looking for in our Christianity? What is our ultimate desire? Is it to escape hell? Is it to go to heaven? Is it to receive blessings here on earth? While none of those things are wrong, and they may lead us to Christ, if we have sincerely repented, and are born-again, they should not be our greatest desire. We must hunger and thirst for righteousness.
Righteousness does not just mean to be a morally good person. It really has more to do with our relationship with God. Do we want what He wants? Do we love Him because of what He has done for us on the Cross? Do we want to become more like Him? Although we fail and fall short, do we want to be better?
Sadly, many look at Christianity as a means to something else. While it may lead to other things, our focus and ultimate goal should be Christ. Not just what He can give, but also Who He Is. Is our greatest desire to know Him and be like Him? If not, we need to repent and ask Him to change our hearts. If yes, it may be a slow process, but every step closer to Him will be filled with joy.