I was reading in Hebrews this morning and was reminded of this verse:
Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith (Hebrews 13:7).
In calling believers to a life of holiness and obedience, it should strike us that he calls on us to imitate not the life of those who have gone on before, but having seen their life to imitate their faith.
Perhaps too often we call on people to imitate obedience. "If you do what he does (or did), then you will be a good Christian and please God."
Should we not change our focus? Perhaps it would be better and more biblical to say, "See what he did? Now go believe like he believes."