And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act as he would wish him to act shall be beaten with many [lashes]. But he who did not know and did things worthy of a beating shall be beaten with few [lashes]. For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required; and of him to whom men entrust much, they will require and demand all the more. Luke 12:47-48 [AMP]
This is a very important passage in the Bible. We might be disturbed by the thought that someone who sins in ignorance will be punished. But we must keep in mind that there is no such thing as absolute ignorance.
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So, they are without excuse.Romans 1:20 [ESV]
Additionally, our very ignorance is part of our sin. The emphasis is on the fact that the beating is light (few lashes), but we should not minimize the importance of doing God’s will. As a follower of Jesus, I must make every effort to find out what God’s will is and do it. Everyone is accountable.