He was only in his teens when they dragged him away to a prison camp. Over the next few years, he faced cruelties that drove him to the point where he longed to die. One day, after being forced to walk in minus thirty degree weather, he buckled at the knees and lay down, waiting to die. In panic, his weary friends pulled him to his feet to carry on.
Eventually, after the war, he was received into a very pleasant environment, where he excelled. He confessed that he had been taken from hell to paradise. Imagine the absurdity of crumbling to the ground, wishing to die in this new paradise environment!
In Romans 12:11, Paul shows how absurd it is for a Christian, who has been brought from hell to paradise, to become lazy and slothful at the moment when he must begin to excel. Paul is urging Christians not to break down as if they were still in the misery of slavery to sin, but to cultivate and maintain their spiritual heat and pressure.
This goes against the modern trend to hold personal happiness in a religious system as the epitome of human life. How sadly millions cling to a wrong, damning religious system just because it is convenient for them. This sermon is a call to take the action that is necessary to grasp the truth.