So to walk even as He walked.
-1 John ii 6
Why should Christians imitate Christ? They should do it for their own sakes. If they desire to be in a healthy state of soul- if they would escape the sickness of sin, and enjoy the vigour of growing grace, let Jesus be their model... It is when, by the power of the Holy Spirit, you are enabled to walk with Jesus in His very footsteps, that you are most happy, and most known to be the sons of God.
Next, for religion's sake, strive to be like Jesus. Ah! poor religion, thou hast been sorely shot at by cruel foes, but thou hast not been wounded one-half so dangerously by thy foes as by thy friends.
But, especially for Christ's own sake, imitate His example. Christian, lovest thou thy Saviour?... Is it thy desire that He should be glorified? Art thou longing that souls should be won to Him? If so, imitate Jesus...