The WatchTower conductor lied on stage
The parables told by the Son of Man had spiritual meanings rather than literal meanings. He spoke in parables that were difficult to comprehend for a reason. It was/is much more about modifying our biases, our lusts, our desires, our obsessions; while developing compassion and love for our fellow man.
To become givers rather than takers.
The parables still are difficult for the many to comprehend.
You could answer that it includes giving up meetings and conventions. That would be a fine test of whether or not it was meant literally.