Sound far-fetched? It happens every business day in Otsego, Minnesota at the Riverview Community Bank. Co-founded by Chuck Ripka, the bank was designed to minister to the needs of the people in the community.
Businessman Ken Eldred writes about it in his new book, The Integrated Life. The bank is so popular that people drive up to three hours to do their business with “the bank that prays with people.”
This approach has made Riverside Community Bank not only popular but successful. The bank actually exceeded its own asset and income projections by nearly two years!
Too often, those of us who follow Jesus compartmentalize our lives, separating the spiritual realm from all the other aspects of our life – especially our work. That’s not what Jesus taught. Paul understood this when he wrote:
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. ~ Colossians 3:17
You don’t have to own or start a business to integrate your work and your faith. Every job is a mission field with daily opportunities to demonstrate the values and priorities of living out God’s kingdom – loving God and loving others.
Surrender your work to God and invite Him to use you to touch the lives of others!