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Some People Will Die Hiding Their Pearls

Britt Baker is a Millennial who has a burden for the Boomer generation. She was standing in front of a group of us Boomers. She had described a vision she saw where we didn’t want to give what was valuable to us to the next generation. They were things like pearls. With tears streaming down her…
By Seth Barnes

Pearls

Britt Baker is a Millennial who has a burden for the Boomer generation. She was standing in front of a group of us Boomers. She had described a vision she saw where we didn’t want to give what was valuable to us to the next generation. They were things like pearls. With tears streaming down her face she implored, “Please don’t take your pearls to the grave with you!”

It was powerful. It impacted those of us who were listening. Britt had gone on the World Race and I had gotten to know her at a debrief in Kenya. I remember her receiving this vision at our Monday morning worship service eight years ago. Here’s how she describes it:

During worship I had a vision that involved the “older” generation and the “younger” generation.

In a matter of seconds, I saw thousands of older people with white hair falling backwards into caskets, like a domino effect, clutching their pearls. They had a look of fear and stubbornness, refusing to let their pearls go anywhere except with them, to their graves.

I asked the Lord why they were doing this. “Why are they taking those pearls to their graves? There’s no use for them there. We need those!”

God answered me, “They don’t trust you.”

Their pearls represented their treasure – their wisdom, resources, businesses and ministries. They had fought to gather them. It had cost them blood, sweat and tears. Why should they trust young people who had done nothing to learn their value?

Seeing this vision pierced Britt. She responded to the Lord, “What do we need to do to be trusted? How can we grow in being trustworthy?”

Then the vision continued. She saw thousands of throne-like chairs lined up next to each other. The older people were sitting in them, while Britt and the others from the younger generations were kneeling in front of them with their hands in a cupped position, like they were receiving from them.

Britt described an exchange she saw:

It wasn’t a one-sided giving. Everything that their pearls represented was being given. Yet, those of us who were kneeling were giving something in return. I saw a light with two arrows signifying a two-way transaction. The younger generation was giving strength, dreams, and vitality to the ones sitting. A beautiful partnership was taking place with light all around.

Britt came out of the vision. She summarized what she saw, “I took two things away – trust and honor. Every generation needs to learn how to trust and honor the next so we can turn towards each other and work together to build, to impact generations and to finish our race.”

Looking at Scripture, Britt cited Malachi 4:6 “He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents…”

Application questions

As an older person, what are the pearls or treasures you’ve worked for?

Are they treasures in heaven or earthly treasures (Matt. 6:19-21)?

Who will you pass these treasures onto? Do you trust them? Why or why not?

What could you do to improve the trust between you?

As a younger person, who do you look to for wisdom?

Do you trust and respect them?

Do they know that you trust and respect them?

Do they trust you?

What could you do to improve the trust between you?

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