"Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us." Phil 3:17
Paul had a great deal of experience with God, religion and the Lord. He had gone from a young rising superstar in the Jewish faith who persecuted Christians to becoming himself a persecuted Christian, but a leader in the faith. Even at his worst, he was driven by his convictions and his devotion to
God. He always thought that he was doing the right thing. It took a meeting with Jesus on the Damascus road to help him channel his conviction and devotion in the proper direction. Jesus told him that he would suffer many things for his namesake and he did. But all the while he learned, obeyed, loved and taught others to do the same.
Beloved the advice Paul gave to follow him as he follows Christ (1Cor11:1) is still valid today. Not only is he the the New Testament's most prolific writer, but the things written demonstrate his adherence to the word and the godliness of his life. So often we look for patterns and examples to follow. God through the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures He authored has given us this very thing. We only need follow. Through this, we then have the opportunity to attract others to follow not ourselves, but Jesus whom we all follow.