Kate Upton is one of the most sought-after supermodels in the world. The 22-year-old model has an estimated net worth of $14 million and continues to land some of the most prestigious modeling jobs in the industry. But what would Jesus say to Kate? Of course, we don’t know, but based on Bible, we have a pretty good idea.
1. Sometimes you have to ignore the haters
Despite her fame, critics have blasted Upton for her “curvy” figure. Some have said that she’s too heavy by modeling standards while others, like Victoria’s Secret, said that Upton had, “the kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy.”
Jesus would tell Upton, a professing Christian, to ignore the opinion of others and surround herself with people who will build her up. Hebrews 3:13 says, “But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”
He would give you the same advice. Everybody has haters in their life. People are probably coming to your mind right now that would like nothing more than to see you fail. As you do the work of God, expect those haters to show up–they might even be from your church. Jesus wants you to seek Him in every decision but once He tells you to do something, ignore those who speak against you.
2. Don’t fixate on your body
Christians should treat their body as a temple but God doesn’t intend for anybody to focus more on physical appearance than on Him. While the nature of Upton’s career requires her to place importance on her appearance, God doesn’t want any of his children defining their worth by their appearance. Placing anything above God is idol worship and can lead to catastrophic results.
Jesus wants you to know that what are imperfections in the world’s eyes are perfect in His.
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3. Save Your Money
Having a high net worth doesn’t shield a person from financial difficulty. Singer Toni Braxton filed for bankruptcy in 2010 after earning as much as $50 million; Supermodel Janice Dickinson filed for bankruptcy in 2013 after owing more than $1 million to multiple sources including $500,000 to the IRS.
Proverbs 21:20 says, “Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.”
Jesus would not only tell Kate to carefully manage her $14 million, He would give all of his children the same advice. Regardless of how much or how little you have, Jesus wants you first to tithe, and then save.
When you invest in the Kingdom of God, that investment is paid back to you many times over.
4. Surround yourself with wise counsel
Upton is in high demand. Publications from Sports Illustrated to Vogue to Playboy want Upton gracing their pages. A person could uphold Christian values as a model but just like nearly any career, the pressure to be the best can lead to ill-advised decisions without wise counsel in their lives.
Proverbs 12:15 says, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.”
Who is the wise person in your life? Are they following God? Jesus would likely say, “If they aren’t listening to my words, don’t listen to theirs.”
You probably have a story of a time where you were on the brink of making a destructive decision but God placed somebody into your path to protect you.
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5. Use your star power to enact change
When news of Kate Upton breaks, people listen. Her draw is huge and because of that, Jesus would probably encourage her to use her influence for something that furthers His kingdom. Whether it’s being proud of your appearance even if it’s not supermodel-quality or world hunger, Jesus would want her committing time and money to a cause that glorifies Him.
But He wants you to do the same. You might not have the star-power of Upton, but you do have influence in your world. You have a family, co-workers, friends, and the ability to commit time to community and church events. Jesus wants each of us making a difference in His name because serving changes us as much as it changes others.
Hebrews 6:10 says, “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”
When you move beyond your comfort zone and become the hands and feet of Jesus, you’ll quickly notice your Christian walk grow deeper.