Who in your life have you imitated in some way? Parents? Siblings? Teacher? Maybe even a fictional character? How many of us can say we have really tried to imitate Jesus? It seems so obvious but is so difficult in reality. Jesus gave His life so that we had the choice of how to live our lives: imitate Him or pursue selfish desires. This verse simply explains whom we should look at as an example. The rest is up to us.
And we pray:
God, forgive me for selfishly being unwilling to sacrifice myself to You. I ask that You strengthen my resolve in the future, reminding me to follow in the clear example that You graciously sent to us, to die for our sins, the Son of man. With this newfound resolve, I shall imitate Jesus Christ, and live as an example to all others, spreading Your Love to all that encounter me. I pray this in Your holy name. Amen.