This is what the kingdom of God is like...

It is like a man who promised to take his son out for pizza as a reward for mowing the lawn. The boy took to the task cheerfully, but by the late afternoon he had yet to cut a single blade of grass—for he lacked the strength to even start the old gas mower, let alone to push it through the overgrown lawn.

So as evening arrived and the sun began to set, the father came outside, started the machine, and put his strength behind the boy as they worked their way together, row by row, throughout the yard.

Now when the sun had set and job was done, behold, the boy was dismayed; he knew his father to be a just man, and so he naturally thought the previous agreement no longer stood, since he failed to uphold his end of the deal.

But the father was both just and exceedingly generous. Instead of simply taking his son out for pizza, he threw a party at Chuck E. Cheese’s, inviting friends from all around the neighborhood—for where the son’s strength failed, the father’s love abounded.

He who has ears to hear, let him hear.