I ran across an article this weekend on a new startup company founded by Facebook co-founder and billionaire Dustin Moskovitz. Moskovitz is 27 years old, has no need to “make a living” anymore, and yet he is back at working starting a company from the ground up. As I read the story, I realized that I have a lot to learn from Moskovitz and his business partner Justin Rosenstein:
Facebook co-founder and former Mark Zuckerberg roommate Dustin Moskovitz is by many accounts the world’s youngest self-made billionaire. But the 27-year-old isn’t sipping champagne in the Caribbean.
Instead he’s thrown himself back into San Francisco’s startup mix, even as Facebook’s looming IPO seems likely to send his wealth spiraling even higher.
Moskovitz and his friend Justin Rosenstein, a former Facebooker himself worth $150 million, head a company called Asana, which just launched the first paid version of its online project management service. During a recent interview at their inconspicuous Mission District offices, the pair said they come to work every day because, their fortunes already made, they still have to do something with their lives.
“When we think of work, we think of work as an act of service, as an act of love for humanity,” said Rosenstein, 28.
Added Moskovitz: “If we were just retired, we wouldn’t be serving anyone.”
Did you get that last line? They realize that if they were to just retire, they would be serving no one but themselves. Now, I’m pretty sure that no one is going to hail these two entrepreneurs the next Mother Teresa. A billionaire and multimillionaire going back to work in hopes of making millions more isn’t exactly going to tug on a lot of heart strings. But here’s what struck me about Moskovitz and Rosenstein: They know have everything they need, and so they are trying to make career choices based on that fact.
I’m going to start with the assumption that you, like myself, are not a billionaire, and that you (or your spouse) have to work for a living. And like me, you may feel at times like you don’t have everything you need. So, perhaps you need the same wakeup call that I do.
You have everything you need.
Is that really true? We are promised in Philippians 4:19 that God will supply every need we have according to his riches in Glory in Christ Jesus. And a promise from God is as good as done, so yes, you have everything you need, and I have everything I need.
Of course, we have a tendency to confuse our wants and our needs. But that’s another post for another time.
Here’s the connection (a bit loose, I admit) with the article on our billionaire/millionaire friends: they understand they have everything they need. In the same way, we need to understand that we have everything we need. And if we understood that, wouldn’t that change just about every decision we made? Wouldn’t that change how we serve others?
What if we served others as though we really did have everything we need?
As though there’s nothing good that God has held back from us.
As though we have been forgiven, though we were indebted beyond measure.
Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to joyously serve, knowing every need you have was met?
I mean, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one that has dreamt of what I would do for others if I had no need for an income. Who hasn’t driven to work at least a few times daydreaming about the day when there would be no need to collect a paycheck?
That day is here. Remember, you have everything you need. Because of what God has provided for us, there is no toil we could engage in that would meet more of our needs. Yes, food still needs to be put on the table, and yes, my girls will continue to need new clothes at an alarming (and more expensive) rate. But God has promised to supply every need I have, according to his riches in glory. It may not look like what I was expecting, but now that I realize I have–in Jesus–everything I need, I can start serving as though I have everything I need. Won’t you join me?