It has been a long tradition of Christianity to view Christ as a model for one's life. The imitation of Christ as the highest calling for mortals. I have been viewing some evangelical web sites over the last few days, and this is a big topic. Christ as a model of masculinity. This all makes sense; however, it is a more complicated issue than I first realized.
One might assume that to be in the imitation of Christ, you simply try to figure out what Christ was like, and then you imitate it as much as you are able. Of course, since we are not God personified, we will have some troubles with that, but the concept makes sense. However, I realized there is more.
Surely, God does not want all humans to be exactly the same. This is based on nothing more than the idea that if God wanted us all to be the same, he wouldn't have created us this way, i.e., starting off with variable genes and then building us to change with experience. So even if you knew exactly what Christ was like, and if you were able to become that way, there is still the issue of being Christ-like and yet simultaneously individual. All this makes me think that the ultimate goal is not to be exactly like Christ, but to be as good as Christ, or at least as good as his human side. This is a much more difficult notion, because you ultimately have to find your own way, and not simply repeat a model. Of course, you are allowed to stand on the shoulders of Christ as you work it out, but you can't stop there. You must keep going.