“Sacrifice” usually leads to a well-hidden sense of entitlement and perpetuates the vicious circle of merit, a mind-set that leads most of us to assume that we are more deserving than others because of what we have given or done. As the old saying goes, all expectations and self-sacrifice are just resentments waiting to happen. Jesus came to end all false sacrificial notions, I believe, and he did it once and for all (Hebrews 7:27, 10:10-15).
But the ego and egoic culture led us right back into it, probably because the False Self rightly feels to unworthy that it must earn a sense of worthiness through some notion of heroism or hard work. Even rich white men who are born into their money will somehow let you know how much they “sacrificed” to get what they have. When you sacrifice, you always “deserve.” Sacrifice, much more than we care to admit, creates entitlement, a “you-owe-me” attitude, and a well-hidden sense of superiority.
-Richard Rohr from Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self