Painters have made imitations of famous paintings, but an imitation is far from the real thing. The Christian life - Christ living His life in us and through us by the power of the Holy Spirit - is real life. The word "imitator" as it us used in Scripture means to be a follower. Paul said we should follow him as he followed Christ.
Great is the LORD, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, our holy mountain. Psalm 48:1