Devotional service to Krishna is the chief function of the living entity. There are different methods for the liberation of the conditioned soul Karma, jnana, yoga and Bhakti but all are dependent on bhakti. — Sri Caitanya Caritamrita, Madhya lila, 22.17.
Devotional Service is just like a seed sown in the heart of a living entity and if he goes on hearing & chanting, that seed fructifies, just as the seed of a tree fructifies with regular watering. Thus the spirtitual plant of devotional Service grows gradually.
By rendering devotional service unto the Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna, one immediately acquires causeless knowledge and detachment from the world. — Srimad Bhagavatam, 01.02.07.
Devotional Service should start at early age, and not during old age.
The manifestation of unadulterated devotional service is exhibited when one’s mind is at once attracted to hearing the transcendental name and qualities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is residing in everyone’s heart.
Srimad Bhagavatam 3.29.11-12,