1 Corinthians 12:1 ESV Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed.
Sometimes, we just don't know what we don't know. Sometimes we are so uninformed in an area that we not only don't know the answers, but we are not smart enough to even ask the right questions. Here are some other Bible verses with the idea of people not knowing what they didn't know, and therefore needed to be informed.
Romans 10:2-3 ESV For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. (3) For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness.
2 Corinthians 2:11 ESV so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.
1 Thessalonians 4:13 ESV (13) But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.
1 Timothy 1:13 ESV though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief,
I was born and raised in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia in a small town of less than 250 people and I did not see indoor plumbing until I was 13 years old. We don't know what we don't know. I was not aware of indoor plumbing.
We heated the house with a wood stove in the living room and cooked on a wood stove in the kitchen. At the age of eight, I was going to the mountains with my dad and grandfather every Saturday to cut firewood. We don't know what we don't know. I was not aware of central air and heat. I was unaware of oil furnaces. I bathed in a small foot tub where water was heated on the wood stove and poured into the tub. We don't know what we don't know. I was not aware of bathtubs or showers.
The outhouse was about 100 yards away from the house. We don't know what we don't know. I was not aware of the concept of a water closet, bathroom, john, toilet, and commode. I was 18 before I ordered a meal and ate down to eat in a restaurant. We don't know what we don't know. I was not even educated on how to go into a restaurant and place a order.
Why do I share this? I was unaware and unknowing of indoor plumbing, toilets, bathtubs, showers, central heat and air conditioning. Because I didn't know about these items doesn't mean that they didn't exist. They did not exist in my mind because I didn’t know what I didn’t know.
At age 13 my family moved to a larger town of 2,000 people, and we had indoor plumbing and central heating. I remember my family standing in the bathroom flushing the toilet and running the water in the tub totally fascinated. I wondered, “Where did the water come from and where did it go?”
I didn't understand anything about these new luxuries in my life but I adapted to them quickly. I enjoyed my Saturdays being free because I no longer needed to work in the mountain cutting fire wood. These new things were only new to me and my siblings. They were not new to most people.
So it is with the things of God. If we lock ourselves within the walls of what we only currently know, we might miss the things of God that others have known about all along and are enjoying in the fullness. Don't build a fence around your four and no more assuming you have received it all. You just don't know what you don't know.