What was God’s purpose when He created humankind?

When we read the creation story in Genesis chapters one and two it appears God created us to be little representations of Himself.  Genesis 1:26-28 tell us God created us to look like Him, be like Him, and rule over the earth and animals just as He rules the universe.  1 John 4:16 tells us the character of God is Love.  And as we were created in His likeness then it follows that our every action should originate from a standpoint of love just as His does.  Furthermore, in Genesis ch