Over the years comedians have been able to keep us laughing. Some of the comedians are very good at doing impersonations. Years ago Rich Little impersonated several people and if you weren’t watching him you may think the person being mimicked was present.
He appeared on the Johnny Carson show one evening and was doing some of his impersonations as he spoke. Then Johnny asked him if he could impersonate him. He did and he used some of Johnny’s mannerisms. One of them he was not aware of that he was doing and it surprised him. The rest of that show he had a hard time because when it came to the thing he was doing, he paused.
Have you ever noticed that children are good at this? Our child watches us and then they do things in the way we do them. If one is living a godly life, this is good. However, if one uses vulgar words or practices bad habits, then the child will do this also. What an awesome responsibility that has been placed on us.
The Apostle Paul began 1 Corinthians 11 by saying, "Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ." (11:1 NASB). Paul was imitating Jesus in several areas of life. For instance, Jesus was a servant. He came into this world to serve not to be served. Look at the passage in John 13 to see His selfless service rendered to his Apostles.
Jesus was a person of compassion. Whether it be a widow burying a son or someone with a disease, He had and shared compassion to them.
Jesus also had a deep love for people. I know He loved His apostles. He loved Mary, Martha and Lazarus. He loves even you (Jn. 3:16) and desires you return that love to Him.
Jesus also was a person of humility. He humbled Himself when He came to our world. He gave up all of His "rights" and did the Father’s will while on earth. He went to those in society that had been shunned and ignored.
Paul said that He was imitating Christ. Paul served the churches and was abused by many people for His commitment to Christ. Paul had concern for this people and in Romans 9:3 said he would be separated from Christ for his brethren. He loved the brothers and sisters in Christ. This is evident by his letters to them. He was humble always even considering himself the "foremost" sinner. (1 Tim. 1:15)
It is important for each of us to be imitators of Christ in every aspect of our lives. I hope that you are doing this.