For Christmas I bought a couple of people devotionals. Each page has a date, a bible verse, and a short reflection. But the problem with devotionals that have dates is that if you miss a day, or ten, then you are faced with the question of just doing the devotions in the book order and ignore the dates, or do you just skip the dates you missed and do the current date. Or perhaps you cram them all into one day trying to catch up. The trouble is that we put these expectations on ourselves to do certain things and accomplish certain goals that God himself doesn’t expect of us. So once we can keep a proper perspective and expectations, there is a great benefit to a devotional, as a tool to help us meditate regularly on God’s word. God created us to be creatures of habit. When we do certain things regularly, it becomes easier for us. Like traveling a path that gets easier to travel over time, we can develop good spiritual habits.
But how much of our spiritual growth and sanctification depends on our efforts to develop good habits? How much does it depend on me doing my daily devotions or reading my Bible every day or to serving the poor? I don't know about you but I want to be more like Jesus. I want to be transformed. And if you want to be transformed how do we do it?