I imagine some will read this title and think I have lost it. Your Dictionary defines ignorance as meaning “being unaware, uneducated or unknowledgeable.” However, I am referring to ignorance as “allowing ourselves to become easily distracted without thinking of the consequences on our spiritual life.” It is this distraction that causes frustration, makes us feel defeated, and hinders our purpose in life.
You are not the first person this has happened to and you won’t be the last. In Hebrews 9.7, we find reference to where in the Old Testament “the priest offered sacrifices for himself and for the people’s sins committed in ignorance.” To me, this scripture shows the people were not purposely disobeying the law. They were being distracted out of ignorance.
So what are sins of ignorance? I am sure there are many. However, I have been shown there are two weapons that Satan uses the most to distract us from filling His purpose in our life: (1) Procrastination and (2) Compulsiveness. Procrastination causes us to delay the inevitable. This delay will have an emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual impact. It will affect the way we see others around us. It will result in blame against others when the task is not accomplished. It will affect family life. And it will affect our relationships with others.
Compulsiveness is an obsessive urge to do something in perfection. It is the need to check and recheck, to clean and re-clean, and to make sure the program plan has zero-errors. It is expending energy unnecessarily. It causes us to question or doubt everything. It makes us focus our faults on others. It creates confusion and fear. It creates feelings of abandonment. It creates mistrust. It degrades us spiritually. And, ultimately it creates feelings of loneliness because perfection “can never be attained”.
If you are committing sins of ignorance, don’t pick on yourself! Romans 6.14 says “For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” (NIV) and Ephesians 4.7 says “But to each of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.” (NIV) These two Scriptures show that Christ died to set you free from these sins. However, to be set free, you must have faith and trust. A trust that will carry you into the depths where survival is dependent upon holding onto the Master’s Hands!
How do I know if I am committing others? Each of us is unique and has a special mission in life. However, all you have to do is ask Him to identify your sins of ignorance. As the Lord said in Job 40.7, “Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.” (NIV) Ezekiel 36.26a says “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you.” (NIV) Therefore, the answer is: Have a conversation with Jesus – and listen to what He is telling you. This is the only, 100% guarantee, we have in life!
To remove sins of ignorance from your life, take the next step: Trust in Jesus! Commit all of your life and will to His care and control. During your daily repentance, ask Him to forgive you of any sins of ignorance, and to help you overcome them. Then, as Proverbs 3.5-6 says “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (NIV) What else could you ask for?
“For the grace of God has given us salvation – it teaches us to live self-controlled, upright and Godly lives.”