In 1 Corinthians 11: 1 Paul tells us to imitate him as he imitates Christ. Sense Paul was filled with the Holy Spirit the question may arise to what extent do we imitate Paul? Does he mean that we are to have his personality, have his habits, to be as blunt as he is?
If he was saying that we should be like him then that would mean the other disciples were not imitating Christ. Each of them had a different personality, habits, and calling of God on their lives. Luke was a doctor, there were fishermen, Mathew was a tax collector, some outspoken others soft spoken. It is more likely that he was saying that we are to be filled with the Holy Spirit as he and Jesus were. He also knew that each one is called by God to be the person they are and also to do the ministry that God has called them to.
Paul knew that it was no longer he who lived but it was Christ that live in his place. John 17:11 Jesus prayed that the disciples would be one with the Father just as he was one with the Father. In another scripture Jesus said that He and the Father were one.
Does scripture show us how they were one? In Genesis 1 it states that God ( the mind – father) (His spirit) hovered over the earth, and spoke (his word -Jesus) all thing into existence. Therefore God has revealed Himself to us in 3 different way thru the old and new testaments.
In 1 John 4:7 – 13 we are told that we imitate Christ if we have love one for another because God is love and lives in us. We imitate Christ when His spirit lives in us.
How do we come to the point that we imitate Christ? We do so in a combination of two ways. The first is that we follow His teaching and His examples, These are taught in the Old testament and explained by his actions in the new testament. The second way is found in Luke 5: 16 is that Jesus often with drew to the wilderness (privet place) to pray. Jesus often prayed privately but he also prayed in public as well.
May God bless you as you imitate Christ.