Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. (Psalm 8:5 ESV)
All of God’s creation serves Him. God created for His pleasure and according to His will. Everything He created He declared in the physical universe and world “very good.” “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1:31 ESV). Can anything God creates surpass His own expectations? The word very means much or exceed. God’s creation was perfect in every way. Perfect does not mean complete.
God tells us Jesus, in His eternal being, has those exact characteristics and qualities that define the essence of God and the essence of a Servant. Jesus had the morphe of God and of a Servant. Jesus carried the likeness or fashion, the scheme, of a man. Jesus is both completely God and completely Man, as God originally intended. Jesus is completely sinless, unlike every other person who has ever lived.
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form (morphe) of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form (morphe) of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form (scheme), he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:5-8 ESV)
Adam and Eve were given dominion over the Earth. They did not own the Earth but were given responsibility to care for and populate the Earth. Our first parents were God’s servants, given a perfect home, and blessed by God to fill the Earth and fashion the Earth after their pleasure and will (Genesis 1:27-28). God placed a single prohibition upon Adam, the first human. Adam violated that prohibition, rebelling against God, the image of God in him, and his place of responsibility and service. Adam was the first and head of the human race. As the head, that which he did affected all those who would follow. Because he sinned, all sin. “For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:19 ESV).
Jesus came as the perfect head, the divine authority, of those who are His. Where Adam brought death to all because of sin and rebellion, Jesus brings and gives life to those God has chosen. Seven times in Romans 5:12-21, Paul tells all that through Adam came death and separation from God but through Jesus Christ comes life and restoration with God. Paul states all people are separated from God. Paul does not state that all people will be reconciled to God but that God offers the grace to all people to be reconciled. Many reject that gift and spend eternity outside of God’s life giving presence. Jesus came to serve God by serving those who receive God’s reconciliation. “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28 ESV; see Mark 10:45).
All physical creation is designed to serve God but, because of sin, does not. We cannot declare all created things corrupted by sin but only those things created by God contained on the Earth. We cannot know about the universe. We can know about the fall of some angels. All angels were created as servants of God. The writer of Hebrews tells us that some angels are servants God sends to serve those who are His. “Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14 ESV). When Jesus confronts Satan at the beginning of His ministry, He tells the Deceiver that only God should be worshipped and served. “Then Jesus said to him, ’Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve”’” (Matthew 4:10 ESV; see Luke 4:8).
Those who are reconciled to God through Jesus Christ cease living for themselves and, for time and eternity, live for God.