Paul says, "Imitate me" for he imitates Christ. This is not easy but necessary. As followers of Christ, we are to emulate Christ and let others see Christ in us.
1 Cor 4:14-17
14 I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn you, as my dear children. 15 Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. 16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me. 17 For this reason