Who says that you are any better than other people? What do you have that wasn’t given to you? If you were given what you have, why are you bragging as if it weren’t a gift? You may have countless Christian guardians, but you don’t have many spiritual fathers. I became your father in the Christian life by telling you the Good News about Christ Jesus. So I encourage you to imitate me. (1 Corinthians 4:7, 15, 16 GWT)
Discipleship isn’t about mimicking others, but following their example of Jesus. If a person’s example doesn’t match that of the Lord, then don’t follow it. But if it does, it’s the wise path. We need to be careful with our life example.