Matthew 15:21 And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon." 23 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away, for she is crying out after us." 24 He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me." 26 And he answered, "It is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." 27 She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table." 28 Then Jesus answered her, "O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire." And her daughter was healed instantly.
The great commission in Matthew 28:19-20 commands us to go make disciples of all nations. What an overwhelming task, unless, each of us make disciples among the specific people we are sent to. God's purpose is to make salvation available to people of every nation, but when He sent Jesus to begin, He sent Him to one nation, Israel. Jesus stated in Matthew 15:24, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." God began with one Man to reach one nation. Jesus completed His assignment and sent out His disciples to reach particular groups of people (John 17:18; 20:21). Together the disciples Jesus sent reached the particular people they were sent to and those people in turn reached the people they were sent to and today people have been saved around the globe. Matthew 24:14 tells us that the end will come when the gospel is proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations.
Jesus was sent to Israel (Matthew 15:24). Peter, James, and John were sent to the circumcised (Galatians 2:9). Paul and Barnabas were sent to the Gentiles (Galatians 2:9). We are sent to our family, our community God placed us in, the people we work and play with, the people in our sphere of influence. Our local church is directed by the Lord to send missionaries to particualr unreached people groups (nations) in order to reach all nations (people groups).
Jesus stayed focused on His assignment, but did help those who sought Him out even if they were outside His assigned group. The Apostle Paul was hindered from visiting the Roman local church because he stayed focused on reaching the people he was assigned to reach with the gospel (Romans 15:20-22). Are you staying focused on reaching the particular people you are assigned to reach with the gospel? We each have an important task to help people be prepared for the final judgment and escape eternal torment by repenting of their sin and believing the gospel. Who are the people you are assigned to share the gospel with? Are you doing it? Ask Jesus to help you.