Today's encouragement comes from 1 Peter 2:9, where the apostle wrote these words:
"But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, [God's] own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light."
Note the high and lofty appellations (names) given the children (church) of God--all taken from the Old Testament. Sometimes we may not feel like a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, etc.--but this does not change the reality of who and what God says His people are.
The purpose of this great divine pedigree is proclamation of praise, which is the best form of evangelism. If God has called us out of the darkness of sin, into the light of saving grace, then we have a lot to say, in the praise of the Lord Jesus.
[Puritan quote of the day: "The vessel is first seasoned before wine is poured into it: the vessels of mercy are first seasoned with affliction, and then the wine of glory is poured in." --Thomas Watson, in, "All Things for Good"]