But here St. Paul says that we are in a race, and that we all are participants in that race. We cannot sit back and jjust be spectators. But, he adds, we are not in this race to gain "a perishable wreath," but that we might receive "an imperishable" one.
In other words, our purpose for being in this contest is something which has to do with the life which God has given to us. It is not only something which has to do with our physical efforts. It is a spiritual contest. It is the putting of ourselves into the position where God is going to give us the reward as the winner.