What is missions? To better understand what missions is, we need to understand what it is not. Although humanitarian aid is good and needed, it is not missions. Acts of service are kind and necessary, but they are not missions. Although we must keep in mind that when Paul was on his missionary journeys and saw brethren in need, he let the churches back home know so that they could help their brothers and sisters. And this we should be doing locally and globally, but it is not missions.
We must remember that the Great Commission did not send people to feed and clothe the nations; it sent people to preach the good news of the coming kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus, His chosen Messiah. The Great Commission commissioned believers to go into all the world and to preach, teach and baptize. (Matthew 28:16-20)
And what a blessing! We are given power to do this. The purpose of the power given by the holy spirit is to be Jesus’ witnesses in your home town and to all the ends of the earth. “…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
The disciples had asked Jesus if now was the time that he would establish the kingdom, God’s righteous government, on the earth. Jesus basically told them not to worry about the “when”, but that they had a job to do. Read Acts 1:1-11 and see what that job is. Make note of what Jesus had spent his time talking about and emphasizing his last 40 days with them and what he was preparing them for. Notice the end promise. Meditate on what this means for you!